I know I say this quite a bit, but I’m serious this time; this has got to be one of the coolest stories ever! A real life Dark Knight roaming the streets and doing good! Armed with a Lamborghini, his utility belt and a bag full of toys my favorite hero can be found running the streets of the city not fighting crime, but doing something even better; making the lives of children a little easier. Wow!
Lenny B. Robinson, a self-made business man is using his funds and free time to truly make a difference in the world in a way that only a real life hero can. Instead of donating his money, building shelters and schools or whatever else rich businessmen turned philanthropists do, Lenny drives around in his “Batmobile”, a black Lamborghini with matching Batman plates, to hospitals to visit with children battling some pretty tough illnesses and give them toys, wrist bands and other Batman items. How awesome is that!?
This amazing story broke fairly recently due to a pretty bizarre traffic incident. As the caped crusader was driving along, he was pulled over because of course, his bat-plates were illegal. Once stopped by the police officer he kindly handed over his licence, registration, proof of insurance and of course, he real licence plate. The video below shows the pretty strange sight and you can actually hear the officer humorously suggest that Robin be sent in as backup and singing the Batman theme song, lol. When you see a seemingly random guy driving around dressed as a super hero driving an expensive car, what more can you do other than make jokes? lol. Anyway, once the Dark Knight is set free (as if you could arrest Batman!) he continues on his mission to administer a kind of aid to the ill.
For the past eleven years, the Maryland native has been seen all over wearing a $5,000 custom-made bat-suite to his hospital visits and spends about $25,000 of his own cash on Batman toys, comics, wrist bands and memorabilia to give to the children he visits. In Lenny’s case, money is truly not an issue. After selling a cleaning company he started back in his teenage years, this awesome guy decided that he wanted to do some real good in the world. The Lord blessed him with two healthy children, one of which helped develop his fondness for Batman, so he took on the heavy weight of Gotham’s Hero’s legacy of continuing to be there when the city, and in this case, the kids needed him. Prior to this traffic violation, Lenny received no publicity for what he did nor did he ask for or accept any pay for this act of goodness. Despite his refusal to accept monetary compensation, once word got out about Batman he was put on the call roster for many children’s hospitals and just like my favorite hero, never ignores his city when he gets a call on the Bat-phone.
In a statement he recently gave to one journalist (whom he had known for a while, but the journalist never busted his cover) Lenny said: “Eventually it sinks in and you become him. It feels like I have a responsibility that’s beyond a normal person. And that responsibility is to be there for the kids, to be strong for them, and to make them smile as much as I can”.
As he visits the (generally) terminally ill children, he asks each of them their name and embraces them with a gentle, yet firm hug or picks the child up. Before he departs from the kid’s room he says, “I have a present for you” and gives the child one of his many Batman themed toys. Many times he takes the time to shake the hand of the parents encouraging them to be strong and wishes them (and their little troopers) “good luck”. As he walks through the hallway, Batman stops for every picture and signs every autograph. What a great guy!
Stories like these really touch my heart. I think kids of the world deserve to have a good life and I know how much it can suck to be bound to the hospital. I’ve experienced it myself and have seen it many times through friends and family; I swear, when I was in the hospital a visit from Batman would’ve been outstanding! “These visits provide an immediate boost for these kids. Some of these kids have to stay for weeks or months at a time. That wears down on the children and it wears down on the family. You have to keep up morale. A visit from a superhero is sort of like a fantasy in the middle of hardcore therapy” said Jeffrey Dome of the Children’s National Medical Center oncology department. I’ll bet! Like I said, I know how much the hospital and numerous therapies and needle sticks can suck, but I’m willing to bet that a visit from Batman can shine a little more light into a childs day. It’s like your (or in this case, my) favorite hero jumped out of a comic book to come visit you; how cool is that!?
In this cold and Gotham like world it’s nearly impossible to find real-life heroes who go out of their way to leave the world a better place than they found it. It’s even harder to find those who do so and truly seek nothing in return. Lenny Robinson has completed both missions while hidden behind an unforgettable, unmistakable black mask. Below is the complete story of the “real life Batman” as well as the video that shows the Dark Knight being pulled over.
One last thing, for those of you that don’t think Batman is a “real hero”, and think other heroes in the Marvel and DC universe can top him: tell me, when’s the last time you saw Spiderman or (my least favorite) Superman visiting sick kids in the hospital and giving out words of wisdom and toys? Never! Just thought I’d point that out, 🙂