Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Real Heart Of Gold: The Wyatt Erber Story - 8 year old gives $1000 to 2year old battling leukemia

The Real Heart Of Gold: The Wyatt Erber Story
Wyatt Erber, 8, with his neighbor, 2-year-old leukemia patient Cara Kielty.

We get so caught up living our lives wanting and needing that we forget to appreciate just how blessed we are. In the spirit of Sunday, I’ll love if while you’re reading this post, you take a moment to think about the refreshing air around you, the assurance of every dawn you see. How blessed you are to be able to read this post.

I don’t want to go all churchy on you; God knows my plans are far from that. I saw a picture of two young children retweeted to my timeline and decided to read their story. It is a story about the selflessness of an eight year old boy who gave a thousand dollars to his two year old neighbour suffering from cancer. His story is unique in many ways, not only in the graciousness of his giving but also from his deep sense of responsibility and sensitivity. How many of us care enough to know about situations those around us are stuck in and moreso, what have we done to help them?

The little boy's action is a challenge to us all. To discover people like him still exist in this selfish world of ours helps keep hope alive. I am sure the boy has favourite games and parks he could have spent the money on but he chose to act differently. I implore us all to learn from this story.

You can read the full story below; it is as contained in the huffington post website

The headline of an Edwardsville Intelligencer photo of Wyatt Erber reads simply, "Youngster sees the bigger picture."

Indeed. Wyatt, an 8-year-old from Edwardsville, Ill., (population 24,220), has put the city on the map with a heart-grabbing act of generosity.

Wyatt won a scavenger hunt sponsored by the local First Clover Leaf Bank and donated his $1,000 prize to the family of neighbor Cara Kielty, a 2-year-old who is battling leukemia.

"I wanted to give it to them," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I didn't know what to do with it."

Noelle Erber, Wyatt's mom, told ABC News: "He was really aware of what cancer is. When he found out Cara had cancer, his heart sank."

Bank spokeswoman Rachel Case said to the Post-Dispatch about Wyatt surrendering his prize for Cara, "I don't know any 8-year-olds who would do this."

Trisha Kielty, Cara's mom, recalled to the newspaper a phone call she received from Wyatt a few weeks ago. "He said: 'How much chemo will $1,000 buy Cara?' I'm completely floored by him. To step up and donate his winnings…is crazy."

To make Wyatt's charity even sweeter, a group called Edwardsville Neighbors in Need has matched his donation, according to news outlets.

In May, Cara was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which has a cure rate of 90 percent, the Post-Dispatch reported. Cara's progress has been positive so far, her mother said, but she has two-and-a-half years of treatments ahead.

All photos of Wyatt and Cara courtesy of First Clover Leaf Bank.

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