Twelve-year-old Alex has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food. It has caused Alex to have numerous hospital admissions and suffer prolonged bouts of illness but Alex doesn’t let this get him down.
Like most boys, Alex developed an interest in dinosaurs when he was young and as he’s got older this interest has developed into full scale palaeontology! He loves watching documentaries about dinosaurs and discovered Dinosaur George while researching palaeontology on YouTube.
Dinosaur George is a self-taught palaeontologist and his traveling museum is the largest of its kind in North America. It includes over 150 dinosaur exhibits from around the world and teaches dinosaur enthusiasts about the amazing creatures that once ruled our planet.
Alex dreamed of meeting his palaeontology hero so we arranged for Alex and his family to fly out to San Antonio and meet Dinosaur George at his SummerSaurus exhibition. Alex spent almost two hours with Dinosaur George who showed Alex his collections and the two chatted away like old friends.
Dinosaur George is such a lovely man and Alex had the most amazing time in Texas. The trip has given Alex a renewed energy and enthusiasm for life, I’m a firm believer that a positive mental attitude can lead to better health and meeting George has certainly enhanced Alex’s wellbeing. Thank you, Starlight, for giving our boy the most amazing experience, I don’t think we can ever thank you enough.
Dinosaur George gave Alex ‘Dinosaur George’ t-shirts and baseball caps that he’d had especially made for him. He also gave Alex several very precious Dinosaur skulls.
Alex and his parents returned to the exhibition the next day and even met members of Dinosaur George’s family. Dinosaur George gave Alex his email so he can speak to him anytime, not just about palaeontology but even if he’s having a bad day and needs someone to talk to!