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PADEN, Okla.- The healing process continues for Dalton Henry.

He’s only 15-years-old and recovering from 5th and 6th degree burns.

These types of burns are usually only seen in the morgue.

Dalton was helping an older cousin burn brush, and playing with a gas can.

The gas ignited the brush pile and burned.

Surgery after surgery, his road to recovery continues.

Staying hopeful that one day his scars will fade has been tough for Dalton Henry.

His mom, Carrie, says without motivation to keep pushing at times Dalton gives up.

“It really breaks my heart. He’s not Dalton. He’s not the Dalton that he was,” says Henry. “I think because he looks different. People stare and they say stuff and they don’t know how bad that hurts.”

That’s where Danny Wanner comes in. He’s been through it he knows exactly what Dalton’s road to recovery feels like.

“You will always want to stay inside. You’re always going to want to hide. You’re always going to want to be that person in the shadows,” says Wanner. “You can’t do that.”

“I just think Dalton needed to see somebody that had been through it,” says Henry. “And know that they made it through it.”

Danny shared tips about everything from healing to girls.

“You’ve got to put yourself out there don’t be afraid,” says Wanner. “You have to think, okay, if I was never burned what would I be doing today? That’s the way you have to look at life.”

Carrie Henry says, “I just thank God for him. A lot of people wouldn’t have done that.”

Dalton asks Wanner, “‘How did you do it?”

His answer was family. They never gave up on him.

“It’s okay to let yourself get pushed. People are going to push you for the right reasons,” says Wanner. “They have your best intentions at heart.”

Carrie Henry says, “If I have to keep pushing and pushing and pushing he’s going to make it through it.”

To help offset medical costs, the family has established a fundraising website.

Click here for more information.

MORE: Read more on Dalton’s story here