MILWAUKEE - Solar Supply Inc. in Harlingen, Texas, along with Make-A-Wish® and Luxaire® provided nine-year-old Christian, who suffers with leukemia, his prehistoric wish.
He and his family traveled from their hometown of Santa Rosa, Texas, to Baisch’s Dinosaur Digs in Glendive, Mont. There they were given free reign of the property and Christian played paleontologist-for-a-day. Accompanied by Jerry Jacene, field director/paleontologist with the Makoshika Dinosaur Museum in Glendive and Alan Brown, geology instructor at Middle Tennessee State University and director of the school’s Mineral, Gem, and Fossil Museum, Christian braved the heat and dust of eastern Montana’s badlands. During their adventure, the team discovered two dinosaur bones. One was an 18-inch section of a rib bone from a 25- to 30-foot duck-billed dinosaur. The others were broken pieces of arm bone believed to be from the same type of dinosaur. Jacene and Brown taught Christian how to apply plaster bandages around the bones so that they could be removed from the site and taken back to a laboratory to be safely studied. The boy was then given permission take the bones home to Texas.
Upon arrival home, Christian was greeted by Ponciano Perez, Jr., manager of Solar Supply, and presented with a large toy dinosaur.
“The look on his face was priceless,” recalled Perez. “Thanks to Luxaire, I’ve been involved in a number of Make-A-Wish activities over the years, and I never grow tired of the smiles we help put on children’s faces. It’s an awesome experience, and I am proud of Solar Supply and Luxaire’s willingness to get involved with the program and help give something back to children and families in the communities where we do business.”