How One Town Shifted Time for One of Their Own

By: Kristina Guerrero | Dave Taylor | Frenchie Aguilh Posted: 11:04 PM, Dec 19, 2017

Sometimes, we just get so busy that we forget to appreciate the most important things in life, like the sun on a beautiful day, or, how wonderful it can be to go out for brunch with friends, or, take our dogs on a short walk. But, we're all about to be reminded of how magical those things are, especially after getting to know Peyton from El Dorado, Kansas:

This sweet, spunky 11-year-old has Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a rare genetic disorder that makes him allergic to sunlight. So, Peyton can't always go out for a ride on his bike with his friends, or, take a quick jaunt to the mailbox with the family dog. He can't even go to some of his closest friends' birthday parties, because so many of them feature outdoor activities that Peyton's XP won't let him take part in.

So, his town decided to do something special – just for Peyton. Knowing about his disease and the lonely toll it can take on Peyton, his town of El Dorado, Kansas decided to turn day into night, just for him. They organized an event that put together all the things that Peyton has always wanted to do with his friends, but couldn't because of his XP, like going to a pool party and eating his favorite foods outside after playing for hours with his best friends. And best of all – it was a total surprise to Peyton.

Get ready to feel and be reminded of the real important things in life, by watching the full surprise below:

If you're touched by the love showered on Peyton by his hometown and want to help other kids and adults like him, head to to see more touching stories of people living with rare diseases, and to find out what you can do to change their lives for the better.