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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The eight-year-old Chesapeake, Va., boy with terminal cancer who became known all over the country after finding his true love has passed away.

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The family of David Spisak made the sad announcement on Facebook Thursday. He lived nearly 10 months longer than doctors ever expected. The post said:

“There’s never been a morning with such sadness as today and no words will do it justice but I’ll try. Our little man’s last moments were laying with his mommy and daddy in the middle of the night, with a house full of family, friends and loved ones after days of being surrounded by love. This day was supposed to come about 9-10 months ago but David just wasn’t done living yet so he made his own timeline and defied the rules. The almost 7 years of cancer were so very hard but nothing like the last few days. Molly got to say goodbye to her baby brother as soon as it was clear the moment was close and she made sure to set a certain stuffed animal next to him before she left for Grammy’s. Yesterday, he was already no longer “David,” didn’t know who was speaking to him and none of his words made sense; I guess your mind takes you away before your body lets you go, a self-protective thing. But those of us who heard it will never forget the feeling we felt hearing the last clear thing he said yesterday morning, mixed up with the other random comments, was “David wants to be a hero.” I’m not ready to say things happen for a reason or a message of rainbows and sunshine just yet, but our baby boy was a fighter, a beautiful soul, a force to be reckoned with and of all the things, he is most definitely a hero. Rest easy sweet boy, you fought an unfair fight with the strength of a thousand soldiers that I could’ve never done…but you did it with grace; no more struggling. Just rest.”

Spisak’s story went viral late last year when he and his family shared their touching story.

Spisak was diagnosed with cancer at the age of two. It came back three times, most recently last March. His parents at that time decided to stop his treatments so he could spend his last days living a happy and normal life.

At his side was 7-year-old Ayla — who he said was the love of his life.

“She kinda looks like Snow White,” David said at that time. “Actually, she is kinda like the real Snow White because she is so kind to everybody, especially me because she loves me.”

The two had gone bowling on a first date. David gave Ayla a teddy bear and roses. She kissed him on the cheek and pushed his wheelchair.

“Their story is definitely something everyone can learn from,” Angela Andrews, Ayla’s mom, said at that time. “Just to love. Because that’s what’s important. At the end of every day that’s what’s important. Who loves you and who you love back.”

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