Boy Wins $1,000, Donates Money to 2-Year-Old Neighbor Fighting Leukemia
When 8-year-old Wyatt Erber won $1,000, the third-grader didn’t think twice before giving it all to their neighbor, 2-year-old Cara Kielty who is currently fighting leukemia.
When Wyatt first found out about Cara’s diagnosis, the boy was distraught. “He was really aware of what cancer is,” explained Wyatt’s mom, Noelle Erber. “When he found out Cara had cancer, his heart sank.”
And so a week later, when Wyatt found out that a local bank is organizing a scavenger hunt and that the first prize was $1,000, he didn’t hesitate.
“Wyatt immediately said, ‘Let’s do it, and if I win the $1,000, I want to give it to Cara,’” Erber recalled. “The idea of being able to give a thousand dollars wowed him.”
And after a long day of collecting all 20 clues, Wyatt excitedly found out that he had won the grand prize. Without a beat, he called up Cara’s mom Trisha Kielty.
“I knew he was wanting to do it for Cara, which is the sweetest thing ever,” Kielty said. “But an 8-year-old giving adults money? I tried to protest to his mom. Then she told me he asked how much chemo this would buy Cara. He gets it.”
The Kieltys accepted the third grader’s generous offer. And when news went public of Wyatt’s generosity, a local charity Edwardsville Neighbors decided to match Wyatt’s gift.
“He’s always been a very sweet boy,” Erber said proudly of her son. “I’m very lucky to call him my son.”
Last May, Cara was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to the Post-Dispatch. While she is currently responding positively, she still has about 2 1/2 years of treatments ahead of her.