“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.

  • Billy Bean

    It’s wonderful to see a Hollywood celebrity doing untrendy good deeds without concern for media coverage or his favorite political cause. It’s almost equally wonderful to see a Christian blog lauding such selflessness without turning it into a sermon or morality tale.

  • osborn4

    Great story for Christan Bale. But, why does a 4 year old know about the Batman in PG-13 movies?

    • Tony Rossi

      I suspect he just knows Batman in general like most kids do (maybe from cartoons and comics) and was probably told Bale played him in the movies.

  • anon

    A hero can be anyone…..

  • Nanroo

    I think that is the most genuinely happy and content I think I’ve ever seen Christian Bale. I am glad he looks so well and that his personal life is truly different from what the paparazzi would have us believe. What a blessing for a wonderful family.

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  • http://www.laurasmiscmusings.blogspot.com/ Laura

    I can tell from the decor in the bottom photo these pics were taken in Club 33, Disneyland’s “secret” deluxe restaurant. Very nice they were able to have that be part of their visit.

    A lovely story.

    Best wishes,

  • maru

    No matter who is doing the reaching, when it’s done in love and truth so many people are blessed by it.
    Jayden is a sweet angel. His recent remission is a Godsend.
    Whatever fame and fortune Christian Bale has it seems to me that he is putting it to good use.


    ‘Christian’ by name, certainly – though – is he ‘Christian’ by baptism? I pray to God that he is and that he realises that what he has done on two occasions, now, that we know about, is a truly ‘Christian’ deed.
    If you are indeed a Christian, Christian, do please tell us about it! Tell the world about it! The world needs so badly to know that Jesus is really with us today as much has he always been and especially people with high profiles can ‘Let their light shine’ (Matt 5:16) without seeking ‘the approval of men’ (Matt 6:1) when it is done for the love of God.
    God bless you Christian in your and your family’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, and God bless dear Jayden and his family and all the people of Aurora. I will pray for you all.
    Love, Joy, Peace

  • Marge

    I recently read somewhere that Bale’s stepmom (at one time) was Gloria Steinem. Weird circles of connections..

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