Daniel has osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. He hopes one day to become a marine biologist, and his wish to be an orca keeper reflects his love of the sea and the creatures that inhabit it.
Daniel underwent nine months of intensive treatment and extensive surgery on his arm before the cancer went into remission.
As soon as he was well enough, Starlight organised for him and his family to visit Sea World, where they had the opportunity to enjoy the show before going behind the scenes to meet the keepers, trainers and of course the stars of the show, the orcas.
Daniel said: “I never thought Starlight would be able to grant such a big wish; it was everything I dreamed of and more. My passion for marine biology was made real by being able to see how the orca whales acted first hand and being able to interact with them. I really hope this isn’t the last time I am able to work with these amazing creatures.”
Daniel’s mum Lynda added: “Daniel couldn’t have asked for anything more — it was a truly magical experience.”