When 8-year-old Wyatt Erber entered a scavenger hunt sponsored by a bank, he already had a plan for the winnings.
Forget toys and video games, Wyatt gave his $1,000 in prize money to his neighbour, 2-year-old Cara Kielty, who is battling leukemia, When he found out Cara had cancer, his heart sank. “He was already aware of what cancer is,” said Wyatt’s mother.
Noelle Erber asked her son if he’d like to enter a scavenger hurnt, a week after Cara was diagnosed. “Wyatt immediately said, ‘Let’s do it, and if I win the $1,000, I want to give it to Cara,”” said Erber.
Winning seemed like a long shot, but Wyatt was determined to win the money for Cara, Erber said. Gradually collecting the 20 clues needed to complete the scavenger hunt, after they visited businesses in their hometown of Edwardsville.
Wyatt called Cara’s mother, Trisha Kielty, after hearing they had been the first team to turn in all the clues. “I knew he was wanting to do it for Cara, which is the sweetest thing ever,” she said. The Kieltys, who have been close friends of the Erbers since they moved to their street five years ago, decided to accept the money and “focus on the fact Wyatt is such a gracious kid,” Trisha Kielty said.
Wyatt’s mother said she couldn’t be more proud of her son. “He’s always been a very sweet boy,” she said. “I’m very lucky to call him my son.”