As he was held by his mother, Duluth "warrior" Dexter Ojeda left this world on Wednesday at the age of 11.
The youth's story had inspired many, battling a neuroblastoma – a form of cancer – for four years while he completed a bucket list published on his #TeamDexter YouCaring page.
His mother, Jenny St. George, described in heartbreaking detail how he passed away Wednesday afternoon, writing: "He courageously fought a battle that couldn't be won."
"I was laying with him as he started guppy breathing... I held his hand to his chest so I could feel it rise and fall. I pet what was left of his beautiful purple hair. I was counting the space between breaths... And fell asleep for maybe 20 seconds (it's like counting sheep). He died with his eyes open, looking forward to whats next.He will remain with us at least through the night."
Over the past few years, Ojeda has been a local celebrity on the North Shore, and traveled far and wide so he could complete his bucket list, which included trips to the Wisconsin Dells and Harry Potter World at Disneyworld in L.A.
He even got his wish to star in a horror movie, getting a role in the locally produced film "Bring Them To Me."
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He is mourned by his tight-knit family including mother Jenny, father Manny Ojeda, and his brother Mat, whom Dexter once called "my favorite person."
Doctors found 15 tumors in his body shortly after his neuroblastoma diagnosis in 2014, and after some intense chemotherapy and other treatments, there was no sign of any cancer a year-and-a -half later, WDIO reported.
Tragically, the cancer returned last April.
His funeral will be held on Monday, with visitation starting at 1 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in West Duluth.
Among those paying tribute was Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, whose officers gave Dexter a police escort on his way to a family dinner – which was on his bucket list.