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'HE KNOWS HIS LIMITS' Now 9 years old, Payton Thornton is learning to live with a rare skin disorder

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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:20 am

A race car for a child with a rare skin disease doesn’t sound like such a wise idea. But that’s just the kind of little boy Payton Thornton is: tough.

Sure, the slightest bump could lead to blisters and scarring, but the threat of pain has never slowed down this White Plains boy. Payton, now 9 years old, was born with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa — “EB” for short. Children born with EB lack a protein that anchors the layers of skin together, leaving them prone to blisters, scabs and scars.

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