AFTER years of barely being able to breathe, Lachlan Berghauser is playing rugby league and living life to the fullest.
The progress was no small feat though according to his mum Jodie Sutton.
For years his cystic fibrosis went undiagnosed despite repeated trips to doctors, where he was usually just prescribed a growing variety of asthma puffers that made little difference.
By 2016 he had stopped growing and everyday life had become a struggle.
Where most children his age would sleep soundly all night, Lachy would wake up three or four times coughing so hard he was sick.
But after a visit to a Brisbane orthopaedic surgeon who finally linked Lachy's digestive and lung issues, he was referred for the treatment he needed and things started to look up.
This week Lachy received news that he was among three winners of free return flights to Melbourne thanks to an Airnorth competition.
Lachy and his family plan to make the most of the trip by catching a game between his favourite rugby league team, the Broncos, and Melbourne Storm.
Despite planning on announcing one winner, the Airnorth team struggled to decide between the top contenders.
Other winners were George Helon, a full-time carer, and Glenda Mehonoshen, who has run a ten-pin bowling team for intellectually disabled Toowoomba residents for more than three decades.