After receiving a toy dinosaur at the age of three from a relative, Gabriel has never stopped researching them. When Gabriel was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at 6-years-old, he was given an opportunity to have his one-true-wish granted – to see the Chilesaurus diegosuarezi.
Gabriel experienced an amazing day at the Geological Museum of Santiago with geologist and wish volunteer, Manuel Suárez, who taught him and his family about the remains of the dinosaur. In fact, the dinosaur is a unique species, first discovered by Manuel Suarez’s son, Diego, when he was a young boy.
"I am shocked because I have never seen a 6-year-old boy as smart as Gabriel. It was a dream for me to share something like this with a child,” shared Manuel. “It is not easy to meet people who love what I do with the passion Gabriel does. Thank you so much.”
Gabriel lived an experience that he never thought possible, and according to his mom, after that day, he became a “much more confident kid.” His mom said that this experience was very important for him because he was in a phase of his illness where he needed something to believe and fight for.
“The impact has lasted until now, because Gabriel knows he has something to give to the world and needs to get better to do so,” she said.
After Gabriel saw himself in the newspaper, he asked his mom to frame it and put it in the living room. This way, he remains connected to the wish daily, proudly telling his story and showing his pictures whenever he has the opportunity. Having an experience to look back on that inspires a child to keep pursuing their dream despite their obstacles, is exactly what children, like Gabriel, need.