“Dark Knight” Actor Christian Bale Performs Another Super Act of Kindness

In July, I posted the story of actor Christian Bale, star of the “Dark Knight” trilogy, visiting victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, while they were in the hospital recovering. He didn’t pursue any media coverage for this. Pictures only got out because the families of the victims he visited were excited to share this gesture of kindness. Now Christian Bale has done it again.

Four-year-old Jayden Barber from Ohio was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago. Despite chemotherapy, it spread to his bones, and Jayden was diagnosed as terminal. It was Jayden’s greatest wish to meet the superhero, Batman, so – according to the Facebook page of an animal rescue organization called “Gremlin the Therapy Dog” – a local family made that dream come true by throwing a party and having someone dress up as Batman for Jayden. A few days later, Christian Bale got wind of Jayden’s wish and flew him and his entire family out to Los Angeles.

Bale spent a whole day at Disneyland with Jayden – and put his family up at a hotel there for a week. Everything was kept quiet until the other day when the family revealed what happened on their Facebook page called “Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden.”

Jayden’s mother, Charlene, wrote of the experience: “The entire interaction was like old friends having lunch. Jayden did not get star struck but was well aware of who we were with! They talked movies and super Heros an he was genuinely happy to hear about everything Jayden wanted to tell him. Christian, his wife and daughter are three of the most beautiful people we have ever met! Christian made these arrangements for us personally and ensured we were treated like royalty. I don’t have even one negative thing to say about them. I can tell you that they were just as impressed w Jayden as Jayden was w them :)”

And the best news of all? Jayden’s terminal cancer has somehow gone into remission recently. Pray that this young boy now has a super future of his own.

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.


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