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Public visitation Thursday for 'Superbubz'

Walter "Superbubz" Herbert's story went national after Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto gave him this home run bat at the team's home Aug. 31 game at Great American Ball Park. (Photo: Cincinnati Reds) Walter "Superbubz" Herbert's story went national after Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto gave him this home run bat at the team's home Aug. 31 game at Great American Ball Park. (Photo: Cincinnati Reds)
Walter "Superbubz" Herbert attended practice with the Cincinnati Bengals and met Head Coach Marvin Lewis. (Photo: Cincinnati Bengals) Walter "Superbubz" Herbert attended practice with the Cincinnati Bengals and met Head Coach Marvin Lewis. (Photo: Cincinnati Bengals)
Walter rode in a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office helicopter back in August. (FOX19 NOW) Walter rode in a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office helicopter back in August. (FOX19 NOW)
Walter earned his high school diploma after completing 12 grades in two days. (Photo: Fight With Superbubz Facebook page) Walter earned his high school diploma after completing 12 grades in two days. (Photo: Fight With Superbubz Facebook page)
FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) -

The public can pay respects Thursday to a 6-year-old boy whose valiant battle against pediatric cancer touched his community and gained national attention.

Visitation for Walter "Superbubz" Zayne Herbert will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairfield Central Elementary School, 5054 Dixie Highway.

Funeral services will be private Friday morning at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Green Township.

Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

“He loved life and his smile was infectious. He was truly our Superhero,” said his mother, Emily Herbert.

“We are humbled and grateful to all the communities, schools and other venues that reached out to our beloved Superhero and gave, not only him but all of his family, memories that will be cherished forever.

“Fly high with those angel wings, precious loved one. We will forever love you.”

Walter died at home surrounded by loved ones early Oct. 6 after a 2.5 year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. 

In his final months, his parents and family friends tried to give him as many fun experiences as they could.

Several members of the community stepped up to make sure that happened.

Along the way, Superbubz - who said he really preferred to be called "Walter" - won hearts across the region.

He met with the Cincinnati Bengals and served as honorary team captains for the Cincinnati Reds and FC Cincinnati, walking out onto the field with players before the game as the crowd chanted "Superbubz! Superbubz!"

His story gained national attention after Reds first baseman Joey Votto gave him a home-run bat and jersey right off his back during an Aug. 31 game.

Last month, Superbubz finished 12 grades in two days to receive his high school diploma at Fairfield High School.

Superbubz's bravery also was rewarded by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Cincinnati Police when he was declared an honorary chief for a day. 

The child became sick without warning when he was just 4 years old.

His mother said he was fine one day and then developed a sudden limp.

"One thing I've learned is to appreciate your health and your babies health," she wrote in a Facebook post in response to a flood of notes and messages of sympathy and condolences from friends, family and the community.

"Things can change in the blink of an eye. I never thought in a million years this would happen to our boy. We were just an ordinary family, doing ordinary things. There's nothing I wouldn't give to have him and be ordinary again...

"He was an angel on earth."

Close family friend Marty Huber, lead singer of Buffalo Ridge Band, has written a song for Walter called "The Road Less Traveled."

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