While January 1, 2020, marked the beginning of a new chapter in everyone’s life, it was a sad day for the Choroszy family, in Wisconsin, as their 11-year-old boy, Mikey tragically passed away after completing his Make-A-Wish trip to the Lego store inside the Mall of America.

Around 15 months ago, the young boy was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain stem and since then, he has been battling terminal brain cancer. He had flown from his home to Minneapolis in order to fulfill his wish of visiting the toy store. Here he was joined by his brother Jake, who flew in from South Dakota to accompany him. But soon after completing the trip, Mikey’s health took a turn for the worse.

“On Monday, we did a lot of shopping and he was doing really good,” Mikey’s mother, Tammy Wildish, said. “Mikey took a decline very quickly.” He was quickly transported to a local Minneapolis hospital and was with his mother when he took his last breath.

“The biggest thing was watching him die, that was the worst,” she said. “Going from walking to not walking at all to the point where we had to pick him up and move him.” 

As per the GoFundMe page set up by a family friend, Mikey had started experiencing daily headaches in September and was re-diagnosed with another germ cell tumor after visiting the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. 

“He was a fighter, he never gave up,” Wildish told. “He was doing this for his brother. He would not give up.” Mikey’s brother Robbie had passed away in January 2019 after suffering from health issues.

“Mikey just had one of the kindest souls and always had a smile on his face. He was always an encourager and showed others how to be brave,” Jennifer Blease, a friend of the family, wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Mikey is truly my hero and I will miss his goofy side as well.”

“Robbie and Mikey are dancing in Heaven right now as they are reunited. Mikey fought his battle with brain cancer to the very end and was the bravest individual I have ever met,” she wrote. “His sweet spirit and humor will be horribly missed by his friends, family, and school.”