Toddler Falcons Fan Battling Dwarfism Melts Hearts as He Cheers on Team Before Super Bowl
Say hello to 17-month-old Wyatt Keeton: who just might be the country’s cutest Atlanta Falcons fan.
Wyatt, diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism, is a die-hard Falcons fan (and Julio Jones aficionado!) thanks to his parents, Jennifer and Kevin Keeton, who are both lifelong supporters.
“We like to think of Wyatt as our little underdog, just like the Falcons have been an underdog this season. Nobody gives them a lot of credit or thinks they’re going to do much. Wyatt, just like the Falcons, is going to prove them all wrong,” Wyatt’s mom, Jennifer Keeton, 34, told CNN.
Added dad Kevin Keeton: “We absolutely do think he’s the world’s cutest Falcons fan.”
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who hosted a pre-Super Bowl pep rally in support of the Atlanta Falcons, posted a photo of Wyatt to their Facebook page shortly after the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl. It’s since reached over 15,000 people who can’t get enough of the boy in blue glasses rooting for his favorite team.
Wyatt has pondyloepiphyseal dysplasi, an inherited growth disorder that results in short stature and skeletal abnormalities, PEOPLE confirms. He will likely grow to be 3 1/2 feet tall and wears cervical collars to reduce pressure and avoid surgery.
Despite setbacks, like a spinal cord stenosis, which causes a child’s head to become disproportionate to their smaller frame (commonly found in dwarfism), Wyatt remains “brave” according to his parents.