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Video: Brave Mitchell farewelled at touching funeral

MITCHELL Luders was inspiring and courageous.

He was remembered at his funeral on Monday as the Pokemon-loving 13-year-old who had a harrowing battle with cancer.

His cousin Jordan Pryce told stories of his witty relative, in front of the crowd of more than 200.

Parents Michael and Rochelle lead everyone and prepare to release their balloons at the funeral for Mitchell Luders.
Parents Michael and Rochelle lead everyone and prepare to release their balloons at the funeral for Mitchell Luders. Mike Richards GLA070915MITC

"He didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up but he said he always wanted to do something inspirational, something that could be remembered.

"Well, you may have only had 13 years but I think you definitely accomplished that, so Mitchell cross that off the list.

"You will always be remembered ... mission accomplished mate, and you absolutely nailed it."

Mitchell battled a rare form of neuroblastoma over the years of 2011 - 2015.

He died on August 27.

FINAL GOODBYE: Hundreds of balloons were released at the funeral for Mitchell Lewis Luders.
FINAL GOODBYE: Hundreds of balloons were released at the funeral for Mitchell Lewis Luders. Mike Richards GLAMITC

The middle child for Rochelle and Michael, Mitchell was their brave fighter who made them laugh and cry.

He was a brother to Chelsea and Dylan.

"Mitchell didn't like to see anyone sad or upset... he'd want to see laughter and smiles in place of our tears.

"The first time he saw me cry he said to me, 'I'm fine, so you should be too'," Mrs Luders said.

"I hope you're feeling fine now Mitchell, even though I'm sad and I'm missing you very much, I'm going to try to be fine too."

Mitchell Luders, 12, in 2014.
Mitchell Luders, 12, in 2014. Brenda Strong

Students, teachers, parents, friends and family made their final goodbyes.

With a Pokemon, red and gold theme, the mood was solemn yet celebratory.

The crowd released 300 red and gold balloons on the oval of the school as a symbol of their farewell.

And to finish the ceremony, a Star of the Sea teacher shared a fitting quote from Mitchell's favourite TV show:

"The important thing is not how long you live. It's what you accomplish with your life.

"While I live, I want to shine... If I could do something really important, that would be to carry on into the future," the Pokemon character, Grovyle, said.

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