MILWAUKEE, Wis., (WTMJ/CNN) — An eleven-year-old boy died during his make a wish trip on New Year’s Day in Minneapolis. Mikey Choroszy, who was facing terminal brain cancer, had the dream of shopping at the Lego Store at the Mall of America.
To top it off — Mikey’s brother Jake flew in from South Dakota to be with him one last time. But Mikey declined quickly. His family knew his time was running out — but they had no idea their 11-year-old boy wouldn’t make it home with them.
His mother Tammy was there as Mikey took his last breath in a Minneapolis hospital.
“The biggest thing was watching him die,” she said. “That was the worst. Going from walking to not walking at all to the point where we had to pick him up and move him.”
Tammy says Mikey’s battle with childhood cancer started about 15 months ago when he was diagnosed with a tumor on his brain stem. Remission last year led to a relapse just months later.
Tragically — exactly one year ago today — Mikey unexpectedly lost his 19-year-old brother Robby to health issues.
The unfathomable pain of losing two sons in just one year has only been made worse by the financial burden on this family.
“Now, Mikey is still in Minneapolis, Minnesota and we’re trying to get him back as soon as we can,” said Tammy. “It’s going to be a cost.”
Thousands of dollars this mother can’t afford. A family friend set up this GoFundMe page to help bring him home and to say their final goodbyes.
“He never ever had a scare in life, he never worried about anything,” said Tammy.
Mikey’s family had hoped to raise $20,000 through their GoFundMe page to help pay for his final expenses.
But generous donors exceeded that goal by thousands.