Terminally ill 6-year-old to receive high school diploma, attend Bengals practice

Terminally ill 6-year-old to receive high school diploma, attend Bengals practice
Posted at 3:57 AM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 00:00:59-04

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - A 6-year-old boy battling terminal cancer will receive his high school diploma Friday - but first he will hang out with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Walter "Superbubz" Herbert started first grade earlier this week at Central Elementary School in Fairfield.

With the help of school officials, he advanced through it and the rest of the grades this week. He will walk in full cap and gown in a 6 p.m. graduation ceremony at the school.

This morning, Superbubz is dropping by the Cincinnati Bengals practice ahead of the team's big season opening game at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday.

The team and Coach Marvin Lewis recently invited Superbubz and his family to meet them.

The Bengals also donated a football autographed by A.J. Green, gloves autographed by Jeremy Hill and cleats autographed by Vontaze Burfict for a Sept. 16 benefit for the Herbert family at Public House in Cheviot.

The Fairfield boy has won the hearts of other Cincinnati professional athletes in recent weeks, prompting Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto to give him a home-run bat and the jersey off his back during a game last month.

On Saturday, Superbubz and his family are treking up to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to attend the University of Cincinnati Bearcats game against  the University of Michigan Wolverines. His father, Wally Herbert, is such a huge "M Go Blue" fan, he wears their shoes (sorry, Ohio State Buckeyes).

Last week, Superbubz served as honorary team captain at FC Cincinnati's game. He walked onto the field at Nippert Stadium with the players to chants of "Superbubz! Superbubz!"

The boy has little time left, his parents have said doctors told them, after a 2-year battle against neuroblastoma, one of the more common forms of childhood cancer.

His parents are trying to give him every opportunity to experience as many fun events as possible as they enjoy their final weeks together.

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