A Dino-Mite Night at the Museum

Six-year-old Rodrigo had one wish: to see a dinosaur. He’d memorized nearly every fact imaginable about these pre-historic creatures and now he needed to get his eyes on the real thing.

The only problem? He had recently received a Bone Marrow Transplant and was living in a His Grace Place apartment with his mother, Jimena, frequenting the TCH outpatient clinic for follow-up appointments. The risk of exposing himself to a crowded museum was too great.

Through an acquaintance of His Grace Foundation’s Board Chair, Rebecca Gentry, we were able to reach out to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see if a private visit was even possible. Their response came within minutes —


On Monday, February 13, the Houston Museum of Natural Science closed their Morian Hall of Paleontology to the public for Rodrigo and his family.

Wide-eyed, Rodrigo spent his time swapping facts with HMNS paleontologist Colin Diggins. His parents and grandparents looked on as the pair discussed their favorite dinosaurs, looked at fossils and quizzed each other.

“You are really making Rodrigo’s dream come true,” said Jimena.

We are overjoyed to have been able to arrange this special experience and want to express our deepest gratitude to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for going above and beyond to provide a safe and memorable evening for Rodrigo and his family. To Colin Diggins, Nicole Temple (VP of Education) and Sami Meswari (Director of PR) — thank you. Not only will Rodrigo have these joyous memories, but your kind gifts of authentic fossils and dinosaur stuffed animals!

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