Little Wyatt Daring has a rare skin condition called ichthyosis. He was born without sweat glands, which makes his young skin tender and dry, and since he has no way of regulating his body temperature, he can easily become overheated. When he is outside for long periods of time, Wyatt wears a special cooling vest which contains packets of ice his parents prepare in the freezer.
Recently, the Daring family's van was robbed. Among the items taken was Wyatt's backpack, which contained his vest. Wyatt's mother says the family immediately began to panic -- the vest cost several hundred dollars, and is not easy to replace. As a quick fix, Wyatt has been wearing a smaller version of his vest, but it's not a long-term solution.
When the Daring's community in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, found out about Wyatt's situation, they immediately jumped in to help. As word of the story spread, adorable little Wyatt and his family began to get national attention. On an episode of Anderson Cooper's talk show, "Anderson," it was revealed that climate control specialists TechNiche would be supplying Wyatt with a lifetime supply of cooling vests. If you need your daily dose of cute today, you have to watch Wyatt waving, clapping and mugging for the camera. He traded opinions on Disney characters with Anderson (Mickey or Pluto?), and basically stole the show.
As amazing as TechNiche's gesture was, the Darlings still have to deal with mounting medical bills from the constant care Wyatt's condition demands. To help out, their town is holding a fundraiser next week at one of Wyatt's favorite places, the Waltz Golf Farm.