Ohio boy, sports fanatic called SuperBubz passes away after inspiring fight against rare cancer

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A little boy who touched hearts all over Ohio has passed away after battling cancer.

Cincinnati.com reports that Walter Zayne “SuperBubz” Herbert, 6, had undergone more than two years of treatment for neuroblastoma. He went into remission this past spring, but the cancer returned last month as stage 4.

His family made the announcement on Facebook, saying “He was pain free and surrounded by loved ones.”

The post continued:

“He put up one amazing fight against cancer! Toughest kid we’ve ever known. He amazed us daily! 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. Heaven gained another angel today.

We just ask you to continue to pray for our family. Each sibling is handling things differently.

Thank you all for the continued love and support!!”


Cincinnati.com reports that while SuperBubz missed most of his kindergarten year of school, when he started in September, the principal came up with a special plan to help him graduate all 12 years of school in two days.

Then in August, Joey Votto gave SuperBubz the bat he used to hit a home run in a Reds vs. Mets game. He also gave Walter a jersey.

In September, SuperBubz led the Colerain Cardinals onto the field before a football game. He also met with the Bengals just before the season started.

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