RUSK, TX (KLTV) - A 10-year-old Rusk boy whose love of superheroes prompted a visit by Superman and Spider-Man, captured in a Facebook Live video, lost his battle with cancer last Thursday night.
Caleb Whiteley was like any other little boy. He loved playing with his friends and made up any excuse to be outside.
"He liked sports, he liked to go hunting, fishing, just anything to be outdoors," Caleb's mom Karyn Ackley said.
Caleb was battling two types of Leukemia and was diagnosed back in 2016. But his mom said he always stayed positive.
KLTV first told viewers about Caleb when he got a visit from his favorite superheroes.
"He liked them cause they beat up bad people [...], he was always into that," she said.
Caleb lost his battle with cancer one day after his visit with the superheroes he admired most, Superman and Spider-Man.
"He was my boy and I miss him so much," she said. "He was my first [child], just cherish your kids, you never know [what could happen]."
After KLTV reported Caleb's passing, Jerry Wallace, a man who didn't know Caleb reached out to his family in the hopes of helping any way he could.
"Caleb just touched me, [...] we like the same things," he said. "Superheroes, I love superheroes and I think everybody's got a hero in their life and it was just something I could do for their family."
On Sunday, Wallace met Caleb's family and offered to pay for his funeral.
"The reasons why I'm doing this is, is because strictly because God told me to," he said.
Ackley said she was shocked when she heard someone wanted to help but describes Wallace as a blessing.
"It'll help our family a lot," she said.
Complete strangers now bonding over a little boy who touched all of their hearts.