Peyton Madden is just your average 11-year-old who likes superheroes, playing with his friends, and biking around his neighborhood. The difference between him and his friends, however, is that Peyton is allergic to sunlight.
The youngster from El Dorado, Kansas was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called xeroderma pigmentosum when he was just 3 years old. The condition, which only affects about 250 people in the United States, makes it so that Peyton’s skin can’t repair itself after being in the sun. Whenever he does go outside during the daytime, he has to wear protective clothing over every inch of his skin.
While the disorder does prevent Peyton from participating in activities that we take for granted, his town wasn’t going to stand by and let him miss out on all the fun.
The citizens of El Dorado partnered with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) so they could orchestrate a special day for Peyton in which they turned “daytime into nighttime”.
Peyton had no idea what was in store for him until he biked into town and found that every member of the community had shown up in full force to give him a “day” that he would never forget.
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