Milwaukee — Nine-year-old Christian’s nickname is Diego, inspired by the prehistoric saber-toothed tiger of the same name in the movie “Ice Age.” His favorite movie is “Jurassic Park.” He spends hours reading and learning about dinosaurs and other creatures of the past. So, when Make-A-Wish®, the non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, offered to grant Diego a wish, it came as no surprise to his parents that the wish involved dinosaurs. What did surprise them was that Diego, who suffers from leukemia, wished for more than a museum trip to study dinosaur skeletons; he wished to actually dig for dinosaurs, with hopes of unearthing a Tyrannosaurus rex bone.
With the help of Make-A-Wish and Luxaire® distributor Solar Supply, Inc., Diego’s wish came true. In July, he and his family traveled from Diego’s hometown of Santa Rosa, Texas, to Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs in Glendive, Mont., where they were given free reign of the property. Diego played paleontologist-for-a-day and was accompanied by Jerry Jacene, field director/paleontologist with the Makoshika Dinosaur Museum in Glendive, and Alan Brown, geology instructor at Middle Tennessee State University and director of the school’s Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum. Together, they braved the heat and dust of eastern Montana’s badlands and discovered two dinosaur bones: an 18-inch section of a rib bone from a 25- to 30-foot duck-billed dinosaur and broken pieces of arm bone believed to be from the same type of dinosaur.
To learn more about Luxaire’s relationship with Make-A-Wish, please visit the Luxaire website at www.joinluxaire.com/MAW.