Jayden to Batman: Can I help beat up bad guys?
It happened this week.
Jayden Barber, the 5-year-old cancer-stricken boy from Youngstown who had a wish to meet Batman did just that.
Here's a post from mom, Charlee:
Finally can share!!! Christian sent us to LA and we had lunch at Disney club 33 on wed!! He and his family were so awesome and down to earth!!!
Here's the column on Jayden's initial condition.
Here was the story The Vindy wrote on the bat signal event.
It's a double gift for the family as Jayden is also in remission.
Here's a glimpse at Saturday's Vindy story:
Can I help you beat up bad guys?
That’s what Youngstown’s Jayden Barber asked of actor Christian Bale Wednesday in California’s Disneyland.
It was among the many special moments in a whirlwind trip this week for Barber and his family.
Jayden, 5, has captured the hearts of Valley residents with his cancer battle. He was diagnosed terminal in July. His most recent tests have shown some remission. But he’s been there before, so the family is happy, but cautious.
His terminal diagnosis kicked in a pursuit for Jayden’s wishes by his parents, Charlee and Tim.
One of those wishes was to meet the real Batman.
With 30,000-plus supporters via Facebook (“Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden”), the community push was on to make the wish happen.
This week, it did.
The trip was actually launched by one of “Jayden’s Warriors,” the many people who jumped on the Jayden story. Lisa Lewis Wallace of Greenford Christian Church has yet to meet the Barber family.
But she read about them just before the Boardman event, and got involved.
She’s part of a ministry within her church — Big Reach Center of Hope — and has done plenty of celebrity contacting to get autographed memorabilia. So she was comfortable calling celebrity offices.
But asking for a celebrity visit was a first.
“I honestly was not going to call his office,” Wallace said. “Everyone on (the “Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden”) Facebook page was calling, and I did not want to harass them.”
So she called actress Anne Hathaway’s publicist first. Hathaway was Catwoman in the film.
“They were so nice; it gave me the courage to call Christian’s publicist,” she said.
Read the complete story in Saturday's Vindy or on Vindy.com, including an update on Jayden's condition.