Lighting the "bat-signal" for Jayden
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown family is hoping their son's favorite superhero can swoop into town for a personal meet and greet.
The family of four-year-old Jayden Barber is doing everything in their power to fulfill their son's final wishes after they were recently told he only had months to live.
After 11 surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy to treat the cancer found in his right arm, Jayden was in remission. It was during November of last year when Jayden's mother, Charlee Barber, received the call that her son was diagnosed again, this time, with a rare form of the disease known as MSD leukemia.
Doctors say the type of leukemia Jayden suffers from is rare, commonly found in elderly adults, and could soon claim his life.
"He's reached a lot of people. I'm a very faithful person and I trust God in all of this and I know that there is some reason, I don't know what that reason is, but I know that there is one," Barber said.
Time for Jayden's family is precious. They're doing whatever it takes to fulfill his wishes, even if that means calling on a man in a cape to save the day.
Jayden is the Valley's biggest Batman fan and he'll light the "bat-signal" Thursday night before a crowd at Boardman Stadium with the hope that the Dark Knight will answer his call.
More than 29 thousand members have joined the Facebook page Lighting the Batsignal for Jayden in an effort to bring actor Christian Bale to meet Jayden.
An event in support of Jayden begins at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd on Market Street in Boardman.
Then it will be Jayden's turn to officially light the bat-signal at Boardman Stadium at 8:30 p.m. Gates at the stadium open at 6:30 p.m.