Dad of 4 battling ALS gifted $10G from ‘Secret Santa’

A young Idaho family grappling with their father’s amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis was recently given $10,000 from a “Secret Santa,” which they said will help pay for medical bills and other unexpected costs. Wyatt Rees, who was diagnosed with ALS before his 33rd birthday in August, is now confined to a wheelchair and unable to walk or talk on his own, PEOPLE reported.

Rees, who shares four children ages 7, 5, 2 and 4 months with his wife Mindy, worked as a teacher before his diagnosis. Mindy now cares for him fulltime and they are relying on their savings, while their family members and friends regularly pitch in to help out.

“They all know how to help him, so we make it like a family effort,” Mindy told PEOPLE. “I’ll do anything for the person that I love, and if that means I have to…

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