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Native boy with rare disease granted wish to join favorite team

Garrett Gamble starts off the Maple Leafs - Senators game on Thursday, March 26. Photo from Facebook

An 11-year-old boy from the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan joined the Toronto Maple Leafs last week for an adventure of a lifetime.

Garrett Gamble Jr. signed a one-day contract to serve as a puck dropper for his favorite team. He was called to the ice on Thursday night to join his colleagues for a game against the Ottawa Senators.

"We are very proud," his father, Garrett Gamble Sr., told CBC News.

Video: Garrett Gamble's debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs

Garrett suffers from Morquio syndrome, a disorder that causes heart disease and skeletal abnormalities and can lead to early death. He has to spend most of his time in a wheelchair but that hasn't affected his enthusiasm for the Maple Leafs, who won the game 4-3.

Garrett's dream to join the team was made possible by the Children's Wish Foundation.

Get the Story:
Leafs win big after signing Garrett Gamble, 11, to one-day contract (CTV 3/29)
1-day Maple Leafs contract for Beardy's boy (CJME 3/28)
Maple Leafs grant wish for Garrett Gamble, 11, from Sask. First Nation (CBC 3/28)
Wish granted for young Maple Leafs fan from Saskatchewan (Global News 3/27)

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