Since he was three years old, Aidan has dreamed about becoming a paleontologist.
He’s always loved dinosaurs—especially Brachiosaurus, T-Rex, and Brontosauruses. He’s an avid reader, especially when he’s excited about the subject.
When Aidan was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, his life took a major hit. He had to move away from his home community to undergo treatment for Wilms tumor (kidney cancer).
That’s when Aidan needed the emotional benefits that a wish can give.
While undergoing treatment, Aidan and his family spent time researching wish possibilities. Just thinking about a wish gave Aidan renewed energy and strength, and brought his family together.
From the start, Aidan knew he wanted to travel somewhere for his wish. “He wanted to go far away from the hospital and explore another country,” said his mom, Charisa.
“It was a fun thing to think about,” she said. “It was a good distraction.”
Through his wish research, Aidan discovered that the largest dinosaur skeleton on display in the world at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany. And the best part is it is a Brachiosaurus skeleton
That’s how he decided his heartfelt wish was to travel halfway across the world to see this.
When Aidan finished treatment, he did just that. He traveled thousands of miles away from his hospital bed and experienced a new country.
And the dinosaur didn’t disappoint. “The Brachiosaurus was amazing!” said Aidan. “He was two stories tall. He was even cooler than I thought.”
Much like Brachiosaurus’, wishes are also larger than life. They replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.
Aidan’s wish-granting volunteer, Lauren Hudspeth, said, “I have seen first-hand the healing and the happiness that it brings to families.”
Aidan’s wish gave him a transformational experience. And, guess what? Aidan still wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.
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Special thanks: Wish-granting volunteers Lauren Hudspeth and Colleen Chardos, Berlin Natural History Museum, Airbnb, United Airlines.