You may have never heard of Lenny Robinson before. I didn't know his name, but I had heard of what he used to do (you can learn more about him from his website: HERE).
Simply put, he was a hero, a real hero.
And, unfortunately, his story doesn't end with him beating the bad guy and getting the girl. I guess that's one difference between fiction and real life.
Lenny lived in Baltimore and since 2001 he dressed up as Batman and visited sick kids. He was a successful businessman and spent, according to a story from 2012, about $25,000 a year of his own money for others.
On Sunday, August 16 of this year Lenny was driving his Batmobile (a black Lamborghini) when it broke down. As he stood next to his car he was stuck and killed by another driver. He was 51-years old.
Next week tens of thousands of people will gather in Salt Lake City for the 3rd Annual Salt Lake Comic Con, and thousands of others will attend similar cons all over the world. Many of those people will dress up. They dress up for different reasons, for attention, to express themselves, and mostly--hopefully--to have fun.
But there are some out there who dress up for a better reason, some who take what they've been given and make life a little better for those around them. I'll be at the Salt Lake's Comic Con and I'm sure I'll see many Batmen.
I wish Lenny was one of them.