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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 07/30/2012

Hospitals cancel Route 29 Batman visits


Lenny B. Robinson with his new $200,000 Batmobile, a replica of the original Batmobile (Courtesy of Lenny B. Robinson)

Last week I told you that Lenny B. Robinson — I unmasked him as the Route 29 Batman after he was stopped by police in his Lamborghini this spring — had just picked up his new $200,000 Batmobile in Canada and was driving cross-country visiting sick children in hospitals.

He was doing so, I wrote, even after the horrible massacre in Colorado during the opening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at a theater in Aurora. “I will continue to portray this iconic superhero, giving courage to sick children around the world that need it most,” he wrote on the Facebook page for his new charity, Superheroes for Kids.

Some of those visits have hit a snag.

Late last week, children’s hospitals in St. Louis and Chicago cancelled his visits, apparently concerned our Caped Crusader’s presence would trigger scary thoughts about the massacre. A spokeswoman for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago told the Sun-Times that officials consulted child psychiatrists and decided such a visit “could be upsetting to patients and parents.”

Other hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, in Peoria, welcomed him as planned. You can watch a video of that visit here.

I reached out to Batman Sunday night to get his reaction to the cancellations. He was headed to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis — it also didn’t cancel his visit — and he tapped out this message to me on his Batphone:

I understand the hospitals’ decision. I extend my most sincere heartfelt wishes to the victims and their families. I will keep moving forward with my mission to brighten days and help the healing process of sick children in hospitals. I further plan to seek visits to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago within the next year. Be safe and best wishes to all. Always, BATMAN.

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