People are Good: 8-Year-Old Boy Wins $1,000, Gives it to 2-Year-Old with Leukemia

Some kids are really, really good

There are plenty of bad people out there. Plenty of ‘em.

Fortunately there are also good people, like Wyatt Erber. He’s 8 years old and embarked on a summer-long scavenger hunt in his town of Edwardsville, Ill. According to NBC News, when he learned the scavenger hunt winner would walk away with $1,000, he already knew how he’d spend the winnings should the jackpot befall him: on his 2-year-old neighbor Cara who had been diagnosed with leukemia.

And he did just that.

“I wanted to help her,” Wyatt said to

When he found out he’d won, he called Cara’s mom Trisha Kielty, who didn’t believe him. So Wyatt put his mom on the phone.

“I said, ‘That is not happening!'” Kielty recalled to NBC News. “My husband said the same thing. We’re adults — that would be ridiculous, right?”

But when she realized how much Wyatt wanted to do it, and he asked her, “How much chemotherapy will this buy Cara?”, Kielty knew how proud his mom must be of him for being so compassionate, so she just knew they had to accept it.

Cara has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common of childhood leukemia. She’ll have roughly two and a half years of treatment, and the cure rate is 90 percent.

Her family says Wyatt’s kindness, and that of other friends and neighbors who have organized all kinds of helpful efforts of their family’s behalf have made it possible for them to be there for all three of their kids.

“It’s really opened our eyes,” Trisha Kielty said to NBC News. “My husband and I, we thought we were OK people, but now we see, wow, we could be so much better. I mean, my daughter is ill and that’s horrible … but because this happened we’ve seen people’s true colors, and it’s made us much better people.

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