Boy, 11, tragically dies on Make-A-Wish trip

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter

A boy diagnosed with brain cancer has died just hours after a Make-A-Wish trip.

Michael Choroszy, 11, who lived in the US state of Wisconsin, was thought to be in remission for cancer in August, according to a GoFundMe page.

Family friend Jennifer Blease wrote on the page in late September the boy began to experience daily headaches.

Michael was rushed to the emergency room at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where he was re-diagnosed with another germ cell tumour.

The 11-year-old’s brother Robbie, 19, died “unexpectedly” on January, 2019 but Michael said he was “doing this fight for his brother”, Ms Blease wrote.

Michael Choroszy, 11, is pictured holding a teddy bear in a hospital bed.
Michael Choroszy, 11, two months before his death. Source: GoFundMe/TEAM MIKEY - #CANCERSUCKS

The boy’s mum Tammy Wildish told news station WTMJ, Michael first began his battle with cancer 15 months ago.

As part of Make-A-Wish, Michael wanted to visit the Lego Store in the US state of Minnesota on New Year’s Eve.

But unfortunately, he fell gravely ill while at the store.

"Mikey took a decline very quickly,” his mum told WTMJ.

The boy was rushed to hospital and died just hours later.

“Mikey got his wings and flew home to his brother Robbie,” Ms Choroszy wrote on Facebook.

“Mikey passed away at 4.30am on New Year’s Day.”

Michael Choroszy, 11, pictured in a wheelchair wearing a Make-A-Wish badge.
Michael had been fighting cancer for more than a year. Source: Facebook/ Tammy Wildish

Ms Blease wrote on the GoFundMe page the boy was the “bravest individual” she had met.

“Robbie and Mikey are dancing in heaven right now as they are reunited. Mikey fought his battle with brain cancer to the very end,” she wrote.

“His sweet spirit and humour will be horribly missed by his friends, family, and school.”

Ms Wildish told WTMJ she had to watch her son die in hospital.

The family is now hoping to raise money to move Michael’s body back to Wisconsin and to pay for his funeral.

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