MedStar Georgetown Community Mourns Death of Lenny B. Robinson, the Caped Crusader who Brought Hope and Fun to Sick Children
August 18, 2015
(Washington, D.C.) August 18, 2015 - The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital community is saddened by the sudden death of Lenny B. Robinson whose Batman crusade brightened the lives of hundreds of seriously ill children here for ten years.
“Thanks to the DC-based Hope for Henry Foundation, each year, Lenny arrived at the hospital in his Batmobile for our annual ‘Superhero Party’ not only dressed in an unbelievable Batman outfit, but exuding that Batman persona,” said Aziza Shad, MD, chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at MedStar Georgetown. “He was a superhero who brought a special level of kindness to children and their families who were enduring some of the greatest challenges of their lives.”
Just this past March, Lenny reminded children that they are the true superheroes and he encouraged them to stay strong and fight hard.
“We had one child who had a particularly difficult course of treatment of his cancer who loved Batman and loved dressing up as Batman,” said Dr. Shad. “On that day when he was able to welcome Batman to the hospital and follow him through the halls as he met other sick children, the child’s hardships were wiped away. Lenny always brought hope, happiness and joy.”
“Lenny truly understood what it means to be a kid in the hospital and he used his greatest super power – his kind heart – to help these children through some really hard times, “said Jessica Abrams, CCLS, Certified Child Life Specialist at MedStar Georgetown. “I loved being able to tell our kids that Batman was coming to the hospital, because a visit from someone as special as Batman is often the thing that gives a child the motivation to get through a tough hospitalization or at the very least put a smile on the face of a patient who is not feeling well. He spread so much joy and happiness to so many people during all of the years that he came to MedStar Georgetown and I cannot say enough wonderful things about our Batman.”
When Batman, aka Lenny, strode through the halls of Georgetown spreading his superhero strength you knew you were in the midst of a mighty potent force of inspiration. That personality, that positive energy that encouraged us all to stand up to challenges great and small, will be missed by everyone.
Abrams said, “I cannot help but think that he must be out there somewhere still protecting and watching over our kids – just the way Batman would do.”
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