Grant Kurtz was a fourth-grader at Two Springs Elementary School in Bellevue when he first was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a cancer.
He was a sophomore at Bellevue East High School when the cancer recurred for the fifth time.
This time, he opted out of treatment.
“He tried to do it and said, 'I can't do this anymore,'” said Grant's mother, Ann Kurtz of Bellevue. “He made the smart, wise decision.”
Fifteen-year-old Grant Matthew Kurtz of Bellevue died Saturday at Children's Hospital & Medical Center, said his father, Dan Kurtz of Omaha.
“He loved music and was really into that,” Dan Kurtz said. “His favorite band was Jack's Mannequin,” and he also liked the band fun.
Grant liked “shopping, clothes, talking on the phone, texting his friends and being on the Internet,” Dan Kurtz said.
He also liked hanging out with his friends and being on Tumblr, his mother said.
Besides his parents, Grant's survivors include stepmother Chapin Kurtz of Omaha; sister Paige Kurtz of Bellevue; grandparents Pete and Joan Peterson of Bellevue, Terry and Marilyn Kurtz of LaGrange, Ind., and Rebecca Kurtz of New York City; and great-grandmother Betty Morr of Kendallville, Ind.
Private services are scheduled for Wednesday.
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