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Christian Bale Fulfills Dying Boy’s Wish to Meet Batman

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Christian Bale has taken director Christopher Nolan’s motif of “a hero can be anyone” to heart first by visiting the Aurora shooting victims in the hospital, and now making a little boy’s dreams come true.

Four year old Jayden Barber is only the 20th person to suffer from a terminal case of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) leukemia and it was his dying wish to be able to meet Batman. Since his parents were told he wouldn’t make it through the year, time was of the essence.

Barber’s parents decided to hire local actors to dress up as Batman, take Jayden for a ride in the Batmobile and flash the Bat Signal. Other actors posed as Wonder Woman, Captain America and Spider-Man as they tried to fulfill a dying boy’s wish.

But when Christian Bale heard about Jayden’s battle with MDS, he gave the little boy a call and flew the entire Barber family out to Disneyland to spend the day with him. Like any good “Batman” fan, Jayden immediately asked Bale if “he could help him beat up bad guys.”

Yet the most heartwarming part of the story is this: shortly after meeting Bale, Jayden and his parents were informed that his cancer had gone into remission. He’s not out of the woods yet, but now that Bale inspired him with the strength to fight his cancer, Jayden will hopefully be well on his way to recovery.

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