It's hard to be a little kid. If you're even a little bit different growing up, it can put a big old target on your back. No one likes being teased, especially for something they can't control. So when 8-year-oldÂ Carter Blanchard was diagnosed with the skin disorder vitiligo, he was pretty upset?Â until he met a dog with the same condition.
Vitiligo is a disorder where cells that make pigment in your skin are destroyed. It has no known cause,Â according to the National Institutes of Health, and is relatively rare.Â Carter, who lives in Searcy, Arkansas, was diagnosed with vitiligo in 2014 when he was only in kindergarten.
As white patches began to appear around Carter's eyes, he became incredibly self-conscious. The condition progresses quickly, so Carterâand his classmatesâsaw him change almost before their eyes.
âHe was at a big school with a lot of kids and his face was transforming very quickly,â Stephanie Adcock told ABC News in an interview. âAs he was trying to come to terms with it, he had his classmates trying to also because his face was changing in front of them.â
Looking so different from the rest of his classmates was incredibly rough on Carter, and he became very upset about his condition.
âThe first thing he'd tell me when he got in the car is that he hated his face and hated the way he looked,â Adcock said.
As Carter got sadder and sadder, an incredible coincidence occurred: Adcock saw a photo of a dog named Rowdy, 13, who lives in Oregonâand has vitiligo too. Though she didn't immediately realize the dog had the same skin condition as her son, Adcock clicked on the photo by chance.