Without a doubt, one of the hardest things is to find out, one day, which you’ve been diagnosed with an incurable condition which you will have to deal with all your life. Carter Blanchard is an 8-year-old boy from the United States. However, unlike other kids of his age, Carter’s a little shy and has many social acceptance issues due to his skin condition.
According to the boy’s mother, three years ago, in August 2014, following a routine checkup, Carter was diagnosed with vitiligo, a rare genetic condition, which is characterized by the skin losing its color. Vitiligo can be easily identified by the decolored patches of skin, usually around the hands or arms. However, in some cases, these patches can also appear around the patient’s eyes.
Unfortunately, Carter Blanchard started to get discolored patches around his eyes. His condition made it hard for him to make friends and to interact with his classmates. The boy’s mother declared that the boy was feeling very apprehensive when going to school, fearing that his colleagues might make fun of him due to his rare skin condition.
On several occasions, Carter Blanchard told his mother that he hates living with his face and this disease. However, Carter’s mom said that the boy’s life changed completely the day he met one of the most unlikely companion – a 14-year-old Labrador named Rowdy from Oregon.
Stephanie Blanchard, the boy’s mother said that the encounter with Rowdy, or White Eye Rowdy, as his countless Facebook fans like to call him, was purely accidental. One day, while spending some time on Google, the woman stumbled upon the Facebook account of Rowdy, a Labrador from Oregon who was suffering from the same rare condition as his son. Moreover, Rowdy has the same discolored skin patches around his eyes as Carter.
After seeing the uncanny resemblance between the two, Stephanie got in touch with Niki Umbenhower, the dog’s owner. So, after a couple of e-mails, Stephanie and Carter decided to pay Rowdy and Niki a visit.
Although the trip to Oregon was rather expensive (approximately $5500), Stephanie and her son had no trouble reaching their destination considering that an anonymous person paid their travel expenses. Stephanie recalls that Carter’s meeting with Rowdy was something out of a fairytale – when they first set eye on each other, it was as though they knew one another for a long time.
Carter and Rowdy took a lot of pictures together, and Stephanie said that she hasn’t seen her son happier for a long time. Stephanie said that the Labrador helped her son better understand and accept his condition.
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