Toys “R” Us provided a child with a three-minute shopping spree.
This was made possible through an event named 3-Minute Dash, the result of a longstanding partnership between Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada and Toys “R” Us, which has helped to raise more than $20 million for programs that support children with serious illnesses and their families.
The event took place on Nov. 13, at 7 a.m., at Upper Canada Mall. Noah (the participant) and family filled their shopping carts with their favourite toys—a portion of the items they collect will go to kids who are also being treated for serious illnesses in hospitals.
Introduced in 2013, the program has given more than 35 children countrywide an unforgettable shopping experience. To participate, Starlight family members enter by sharing details of their child’s journey and a selectee being randomly chosen by the foundation.
Less than one year ago, Noah was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive central nervous system cancer called atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT). Since then, he has undergone three rounds of intense chemotherapy, three bone marrow transplants, and endured the side effects of multiple toxic medications to fight the illness.
“Noah has faced and overcome many challenges in the past year,” said Tammy, Noah’s mother. “He’s been separated from his family, which has been incredibly difficult for all of us. Today, I see a boy who has demonstrated more bravery than I could ever imagine.”