'Superbubz' playground equipment installed, dedication this weekend

'Superbubz' playground equipment installed, dedication this weekend
Photo: Paul Weibel Facebook page
Photo: Paul Weibel Facebook page

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - A playground to memorialize a 6-year-old boy whose brave cancer battle inspired the Tri-State will be dedicated this weekend.

Equipment was installed Sunday at "Build it for Bubz" playground at Fairfield Central Elementary off Ohio 4.

The playground for Walter "Superbubz" Herbert will officially be dedicated at noon Saturday.

Herbert died Oct. 6 from a rare form of pediatric cancer.

"Our goal is to acknowledge the donors and volunteers that made Walter's dream come true!  We encourage families to bring their kids so they can enjoy the playground," said one of the organizers, Paul Weibel.

"We saw the final assembly of the playground equipment on Sunday when a group of volunteers came to complete the task.  The volunteers were from the City of Fairfield and the equipment supplier.

"When we realized our original goal of $15,000 was going to be met, Karrie Gallo invited the playground supplier to the school and they looked over other options.  Walter's sister Adley was part of the meeting and she picked out an extra piece of equipment that the kids spin on.

"The swing-set and the teeter totter were also upgraded.  We ended up raising just a little over $26,000 that paid for the new and upgraded equipment.  In addition Karrie was able to purchase a cart and balls/hula hoops, and other things the kids will enjoy."

Superbubz, who said he preferred to be called Walter, won hearts across the Tri-State - including those of Cincinnati professional athletes.

He left an indelible mark on those he met as he experienced as many of life's joys and landmark moments as he could.

The child met with the Cincinnati Bengals at a practice and served as honorary team captains for the Cincinnati Reds and FC Cincinnati, walking out onto the field with players before games as crowds chanted "Superbubz! Superbubz!"

Superbubz's story gained national attention when Joey Votto, the Reds first baseman, gave the boy his home-run bat and jersey right off his back during the Aug. 31 home game.

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