Dinosaur Wish Comes True for 4yo Boy

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CLEVELAND-- A 4-year-old Ashland boy's dream of studying dinosaurs came true this week.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the young boy his wish to experience dinosaurs up close at Cleveland's Museum of Natural History.

"All the meat eaters, all the meat eaters, What's this one?" said Darin Croft, a paleontologist at the museum.

4-year-old Daniel Craver wants to know everything there is to know about dinosaurs. "Well he just loves dinosaurs so much; that's all he talks about all day long," said Diana Craver, Daniel's mother.

Daniel was happy to be running around the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Tuesday.

It's hard to imagine that the Ashland boy received a liver transplant back in August after suffering from acute liver failure. Now Daniel is feeling better and is constantly reading books about dinosaurs and wanted to study them so the Make-A-Wish Foundation made it happen.

"Make-A-Wish really strives to give them an opportunity to have hope, strength and joy through the wish; and we so often times ya know they hear no from their treatments and their clinical and so we give them a chance to say yes and give them an opportunity to choose their most heartfelt wish," said Keri Haibach of the Make-A-Wish Foundation"

Daniel is spending two days touring the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and his mother said being at the museum is a great way for him to escape from his medical battles.

"About a month before he got sick he got very curious about dinosaurs and for the past 8 months or so that has been the main thing he's been talking about and reading about and learning their names, all about dinosaurs- everything" said Daniel's mom.

While on his private behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, some of the highlights Daniel got to experience were the planetarium show; plus he got to shadow a paleontologist and check out dinosaur bones.

"For me it's really inspiring to see a child that you know has a lot of issues in terms of health but is so excited about dinosaurs; and I think dinosaurs are great way to introduce kids to science to show them it's not scary and Daniel really epitomizes that," said Croft.

By the end of the tour, Daniel was giving his mother big kisses; so you can tell it was a day he'll never forget.

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