Ethan digs for dinosaur bones

Ethan hunts for dinosaur bones

“Once again, I have been shown that there are individuals that truly care and will do wonderful things if you let them.”


- Ethan's dad

This was supposed to be Ethan’s time to shine – and his alone. But as Ethan digs in a hill rife with dinosaur fossils, it’s his father, Trevor, who unearths the biggest find of the day:

He realizes that it’s OK for others to help him.

When Trevor first became a father, he also became a provider. A protector. Ethan’s cancer diagnosis frustrated Trevor. And it did something even worse.

It made him feel useless.

As Ethan toils under the South Dakota sun with a paleontologist by his side, Trevor realizes that allowing others to help can make life better – for Ethan, for his family, for himself.

Trevor will always need to be front-and-center for his kids, but he finds peace and gratitude in knowing that others can stand by his side … people like Make-A-Wish® volunteers and Dino Jim, the paleontologist by Ethan’s side.

After Trevor, Ethan and the rest of the family return home to Maine, he writes a letter to Make-A-Wish. One line from his letter shows the depth of a Make-A-Wish experience on kids, their families and even their communities: “Once again, I have been shown that there are individuals that truly care and will do wonderful things if you let them.”

  • The wish family limo

  • Ethan and T Rex

  • Ethan with his sisters

  • Ethan learns about dinosaur digging

  • It's time to dig

  • Examining findings

  • Success!!

These were good people who hold my son’s well-being in their highest regard.”

— Ethan's dad

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