HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) — Wyatt Schmaltz was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma in 2014. He was just 3 years old.
"He said, Wyatt had a big heart, and I guess was just too big for his little body," Wyatt’s mother April Schmaltz said.
Schmaltz says her older sons are a little more sensitive now since Wyatt passed away just two weeks ago.
On Monday, Brickhouse Grill will host a fundraiser to help with Wyatt’s expenses.
Just another way the Huntington community will continue helping with the Schmaltz family since his diagnosis.
Wyatt’s mother says her other sons continue asking questions she's not sure how to answer yet.
"I know I'm supposed to cry but I don't know how I'm supposed to feel," Schmaltz said.
Family friends say Wyatt was well known throughout the Huntington community for his smile and outgoing personality.
David Ivey, a family friend said Wyatt was a "big character in this community, awesome little kid. [The]happiest little fella I've ever met."
The Rev. Josh Kesler with the Well United Brethren Church says he empathizes with the Schmaltz family.
"From the moment our children are born, we can't imagine a life without them," Kesler said.
Wyatt sought help from Riley Children's Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Parkview Hospital.
"To see somebody to fight through so strongly for so long and ultimately win because it never took his spirit," Kesler added.
Friends and family don't see Wyatt’s death as a loss and say his spirit will live on.
"He will be missed, greatly missed, by a lot of people," Ivey said.
If you would like to support the Schmaltz family you can visit the #WyattStrong website.