LOWER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - Christmas came early for a young cancer survivor from Nazareth in Northampton County.

Garrett Solderitch, 9, was awarded a big distraction with a shopping spree at Burlington Coat Factory in Lower Nazareth Township.

Solderitch was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of blood cancer, almost two years ago.

Garrett's trip was made possible by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, who teams up with Burlington stores around the country to give patients a well-deserved shopping break.

"It's a very difficult when…a child is diagnosed. The entire family is going through that process with them. Just to put a smile on their face, it makes them forget that day to day,” said Pam Formica of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Garret is half way through his 3.5 year treatment plan and doing well. His family is thankful for times when he can feel extra special.

"It was a once in a lifetime experience for Garrett. He's been going through a lot. He loves to shop so this was perfect for him,” said his mom, Andrea Solderitch.