Boy with vitiligo meets dog with same condition and now they're BFFs


Meet Carter Blanchard.

The 8-year-old from Arkansas has vitiligo, a skin condition that causes loss of pigment.

Blanchard’s mom Staphanie Adcock noticed discolouration in Carter’s skin in August 2014 — and four month later, Carter was diagnosed with vitiligo.

But Carter’s skin wasn’t the only thing that was changing. When patches of his skin started to lose pigmentation, Carter’s behaviour shifted drastically too.

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“He began to have serious problems with his self-confidence as he and his classmates noticed the transformation,” she wrote. “He would go from room to room in my home looking at every mirror.”

“I remember the day I picked him up from school when he said, ‘Mom, I hate my face.’ As his mother, it broke my heart that I could not change this situation for him.”

But about a year ago, Adcock came across a Facebook page called White Eyed Rowdy dedicated to a particularly special pooch.

Rowdy Vitiligo
Rowdy Vitiligo

Rowdy the dog also had vitiligo, hence his badass superhero’s mask appearance.

She knew that meeting Rowdy would help with Carter’s self confidence so she reached out to his owners.

The only problem? Rowdy lives with his “mom” Niki Umbenhower in Oregon and the senior dog’s (almost 14-years-old) health was rapidly declining.

So she worked with Umbenhower to set up a Go Fund Me page for Carter to meet Rowdy and on Saturday the two finally came spotted face to spotted face!

The money also helped 10-year-old Ava from London, Ont., who also has vitiligo, meet Rowdy too.

Both kids celebrated by visiting Build A Bear to get their very own stuffed Rowdys.

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And Carter and Rowdy even posed for a photography session!

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Thanks to Rowdy, Carter is a lot more comfortable in his own skin and is actually proud of his condition.

“He even said, ‘Mom, your skin is boring because you don’t have vitiligo,'” Adcock wrote.

Although his family knows Rowdy’s days are numbered, they hope to connect him with more kids like Carter and Ava. He’s even a representative of the American Vitiligo Research Foundation and works to end bullying and show kids how to love the skin they’re in.

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