Lenny B. Robinson, famously known as “Route 29 Batman” died tragically in a roadside accident on Aug. 16. The staff and families at Children’s National are deeply saddened by the loss of a hero who brought joy to so many children over the years.
Robinson became an international sensation in 2012 when police pulled him over on Route 29 in Silver Spring, Md., in his custom-made “batmobile” and a video of the incident went viral. But long before then, he was a familiar face in children’s hospitals across the East Coast, especially at Children’s National. Partnering with the Hope for Henry Foundation, Robinson dressed as Batman for numerous superhero parties and events for children. While walking the halls of Children’s National, Robinson gave away Batman bracelets, necklaces, coloring books, and toys to any children he encountered.
Despite his intimidating costume, Robinson’s friendly demeanor and smile managed to comfort even the youngest patients. For children who were healthy enough to leave their hospital rooms, he brought them and their families to the parking garage to see his batmobile. Robinson’s presence captivated children and adults alike -- as parents and staff would often ask him to take pictures or sign autographs for them.
For many, Batman is a comic book character—a millionaire named Bruce Wayne who dons a cowl and cape to fight crime throughout Gotham City. But for the children, families, and staff at Children’s National, the real Batman had a much softer side and helped so many children temporarily forget about their sickness and fear.