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The Thomas Family, Milpitas, California

May 10, 2004
Hello! Welcome to our house, Rufus! It's Monday, May 10, 2004, and it's 72 degrees in Milpitas, California at the Thomas house. The UPS main rang the doorbell and Noah ran to the door. Boy, was he excited when the package (finally) was for him. (They're always for Mama.)

May 11, 2004
Today, you joined Noah at his spelling bee. He competed against other kindergartners and came in 5th place out of all of the kindergartners! Noah is a 6 year old boy, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 4 1/2. He has a baby sister, Julia (19 months). They are best friends and have so much fun together. Noah loves to read, play, draw, color, and just have fun! He has not let his diabetes slow him down. He will start the pump in 3 weeks.

May 15, 2004
Today, Rufus went to Six Flags Marine World. The weather was beautiful and you had a great time! Noah's blood sugar was up and down all day. Lots of exercise and some treats. We joined a group from the Diabetes Youth Foundation Society and met other kids with diabetes!

May 20, 2004
Thursday, Rufus went to school with Noah and met his friends at Rainbow Bridge Academy.

May 21, 2004
Rufus went to practice with Noah. Noah's blood sugar was 40 and he couldn't tell. It's hard to tell when you are low, if you are having so much fun.

May 22, 2004
Today, Rufus went to Noah's t-ball game. It was a beautiful day and Noah's sister Julia had a great time with Rufus. Noah's sugar was a little low and then it got high very quickly.

May 24, 2004
Today a man from our local newspaper came out to interview rufus and Noah. They were both being shy and didn't have much to say!

May 26, 2004
Today, Noah's insulin pump arrived! Noah received 2-3 shots per day. Noah will start the pump in a few weeks. No more shots for Noah!

May 28, 2004
Today, Rufus went with Noah to school. They had a party!

May 31, 2004
The kite festival was this weekend. This morning at 6 a.mů. hot air balloon launch! Rufus and Noah were very excited and no longer sleepy!

Dear Rufus,

It is time to say goodbye to you. You had a great time with Noah and Julia. You met a lot of people here in Silicon Valley! We wish you a safe trip and happy journeys. Noah has a full summer plannedů karate class, basketball camp, cartooning class, diabetes day camp, and the best part - he will go on the Animas IR1200 pump in 8 days! Maybe you will go on the pump, too, sometime?

We included a disposable camera for your next friend.

We love you and will miss you,

The Thomas Family

p.s. I love you - Noah

Noah and Julia with Rufus

Noah took Rufus to school

Noah and Rufus with the hot air balloons

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