Earlier this week I reported that Lenny B. Robinson — the Route 29 Batman — had run into some snags visiting children’s hospitals on a cross-country roadtrip following the Colorado Batman movie massacre.
Hospitals in St. Louis and Chicago canceled his appearances, apparently concerned his visits would stir scary thoughts about the movie theater killings. The cancellations made national news even as
other hospitals decided to let his visits continue.
Hope for Henry, a prominent D.C.-area charity Robinson has worked closely with for years, has now come to his defense. Founders Laurie Strongin and Allen Goldberg, who lost their son Henry to cancer, published an Op-Ed in today’s paper, calling the cancellations “a misguided overreaction.”
“The adults were wrong, and these kids, already suffering, were unfairly penalized,” the couple wrote, adding:
From the parents of these patients to the doctors who treat them, all confirm that visits from a superhero — whether the comic-book kind or real-life athletes or actors, such as “Dark Knight” star Christian Bale, who visited hospitalized victims in Aurora — are welcome. Indeed, they are indispensable to help break up the pain and monotony of hospital stays.
We know this personally. Our son Henry, the inspiration for our nonprofit foundation, was hospitalized for months over his short life of seven years. He wore a Batman costume from his earliest days until his death.
Their argument is impassioned and persuasive, particularly the ending. They note that the hospital in Chicago had consulted psychologists before canceling Robinson’s visits. Strongin and Goldberg’s retort: “Maybe they should have spoken to the kids.”