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Cancer survivor, 2, rides in St. Paddy's Parade with firefighters

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After battling cancer and winning, 2-year-old Connor Dunn spent the day with some local firefighters. After battling cancer and winning, 2-year-old Connor Dunn spent the day with some local firefighters.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A Triangle boy got a big wish Saturday morning. 

After battling cancer and winning, 2-year-old Connor Dunn spent the day with some local firefighters. 

Connor's mother, Joanna Dunn said it's been a long road for her family, filled with chemotherapy and doctor visits. She said her son has always had a love for fire trucks, and now that he's feeling better he and his family were able to see his wish become a reality.

Connor received a firefighter's suit and was given a tour of the fire station. To top it all off, he rode with Raleigh firefighters in the St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday afternoon. 

"It's just hard watching your child go through something like that," Dunn said. "It was a major surgery, it was nine rounds of chemotherapy, it was a week of radiation. It's changing hospitals and doctors, and you just want your 2-year-old to be on playgrounds and having fun. You don't want to see them go through that so it was tough."

Connor was diagnosed last May with a Wilms' tumor -- a tough time made brighter after a family member let the Make-A-Wish Foundation know about his condition.

"It's the greatest thing in the world," said Kristen Johnson, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Eastern N.C. "We love granting wishes. Our sole mission is to grant wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions like Connor, and it's so exciting to be here and help him become a firefighter."

It's an experience Dunn said she's happy her son was able to witness.  

"Through all of that he is doing wonderful today," she said. "He has made it through the other side and we are just thrilled that he's been given a good prognosis. We're just hoping for the best with every day that comes." 

Make-A-Wish grants 200 wishes a year in Eastern North Carolina.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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