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‘I couldn’t even sleep last night’: Winnipeg boy with CF goes on shopping spree

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WATCH: 9-year-old Conner got to go on a three minute shopping spree Tuesday at Toys "R" Us through the Starlight Children's Foundation. – Jul 24, 2018

Nine-year-old Conner Lechocki could hardly wait for his big day.

“I couldn’t even sleep last night, because I was so excited,” he said.

For one morning, Lechocki, who lives with cystic fibrosis, got to spend his time outside of a hospital and inside a toy store.

Lechocki took part in a shopping spree at the Toys “R” Us location on Pembina Highway Tuesday where, for three minutes, he dashed through the aisles and picked up as many toys as he could get his hands on.

He’s lived with cystic fibrosis since he was diagnosed a week before his first birthday. It is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults and destroys the lungs, leading to the loss of lung function.

READ MORE: Here’s why cystic fibrosis is the #1 fatal genetic disease among kids

One in every 3,600 children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis and there is no cure.

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The three-minute dash is an annual event done by Toys “R” Us in partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada which gives children with a serious illness a chance to spend time away from the hospital.

Conner, with family and friends during his toy dash in Winnipeg Tuesday.
Conner, with family and friends during his toy dash in Winnipeg Tuesday. Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

With the help of his family, Lechocki wasted no time, picking up nine carts of toys, including a PS4, an iHome speaker and several scooters which he was most excited about.

“I had one before, but it broke, so I haven’t been able to ride lately,” Lechocki said.

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His parents were thrilled to watch their son in action, especially after all the challenges he’s been through, including nine surgeries and multiple hospital stays since his diagnosis.

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“It’s been quite hectic for him to have to grow up in that environment,” said his mom Kendra. “Seeing him so happy just makes everything worth the tiredness of doing this.”

Not a bad early birthday present – Conner turns 10 on Aug. 7.