A 6-year-old boy from Cincinnati who was battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma has passed away.
His name was Walter Herbert, but he was somewhat of a celebrity in his community known as ‘SuberBubz.’ In his last remaining months, his fanbase helped him bring some of his dreams to life.
Because he missed most of Kindergarten, his school principal had the idea of fast forwarding Walter’s high school years into two fun-filled days of high school-themed activities that ended with an epic graduation, cap and gown and all.
He was a big fan of the Reds and during one of their games against the Mets, first baseman Joey Vatto let Walter keep his home run bat and the jersey he wore during his 34th home run, as keepsakes.
During their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds gave Walter the high honor of being their captain for the game. That wasn’t the first time Walter experienced sports love and glory. He also soldiered onto the field with the Colerain Cardinals before a football game vs. St. Xavier.
A Facebook post announcing the death stated:
“His smile was infectious and his laugh was music to our ears. We know he is now watching over us and finally able to be the carefree child he was meant to be.”
Over two years ago, Walter was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, an extremely rare cancer that spawns from immature nerve cells in nerve tissue. For more information, click here.
Walter had suffered through 2 years of treatment. He went into remission in the Spring, but then the cancer returned at full force.
To the Reds, he was a member of their team. To his classmates, he was a highschooler with the diploma to prove it. To his family, he was their little Superbubz, an inspiration.