City Fulfills 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Dream of Becoming Batman

A tale of pint-sized crimefighting to melt even Mr. Freeze's cold, cold heart.

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The Arlington (TX) Police and Fire Departments worked together with the Texas-based nonprofit a Wish with Wings to make a 7-year-old boy’s dream of becoming Batman for a day come true, Gawker reports. Kye, who suffers from leukemia, went around Arlington as Little Batman and helped Big Batman put out crimes.

Police officers and firefighters arranged several crimes that required superhero Kye to save the day. Among his many crimefighting feats were halting an attempted robbery by the Joker and rescuing a damsel in distress.

At the end of the day, Assistant Police Chief James Hawthorne honored Kye for his bravery with a Key to the City.

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It’s not the first time we’ve seen Batman out fighting evil far beyond his native Gotham: in March, the Caped Crusader (a.k.a retired Brazilian police officer Andre Luiz Pinheiro) battled bad guys in Sao Paolo, as part of a new program to educate kids on crime in a city filled with violence. In April, he ran afoul of the law in Maryland, after the police pulled over a Bruce Wayne-worthy black Lamborghini driven by a familiar-looking character in a batsuit. The driver turned out to be Lenny B. Robinson, a 48-year-old father of three, who dresses up as Batman to spread cheer to sick children at local hospitals. Looks like ordinary people, 7-year-olds and grown men alike, really can be superheroes.

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