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Batman strikes again for 8-year-old cancer patient


Cancer patient Zach Guillot, a Batman fan, had his spirits lifted by actor Christian Bale.

SEATTLE — Every kid dreams of being a superhero at one time or another, but few ever get to talk to one.

For an 8-year-old fighting cancer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, it was a moment he’ll never forget.

Opening a gift is cool. Opening one from Batman himself, well…

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!” Zach Guillot said as he opened his gift.

Zach has been in the hospital since he was 5. He’s had two bone marrow transplants and is going through chemo right now in the hospital.

He loves Batman.

“A friend of ours had gotten in contact with (Batman actor) Christian Bale’s agent and made arrangement for him to call Zach,” said Zach’s father, Jeff Guillot.

And that’s just what Bale did. He and Zach talked on the phone for almost 10 minutes.

Zach’s dad said the real life superhero put his son at ease.

But Bale didn’t stop there.

One week later, a package arrived for Zach.

“A batman shirt, and a Batman toy and a Dark Knight Batman coloring book,” Zach said with glee as he opened his gift.

A big box full of Batman stuff.

For Zach, it was like Christmas morning.

Zach’s got a long road ahead, and many more days in the hospital.

His parents are hoping his cancer goes into remission, and he can get a third bone marrow transplant.

“Very few kids get this far, so we’re glad he’s stong and keeps fighting,” his father said.

Jeff Guillot said Bale’s call and care package were just what the doctor ordered.

Apparently the Dark Knight doesn’t just rise,  he lift’s spirits, too.

“Anybody that helps make a difference in Zach’s day, the tough day’s that he has, that’s good for us and good for Zach,” Guillot said.


5 Comments to “Batman strikes again for 8-year-old cancer patient”

    James said:
    January 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    That's very awesome and touching! As a father of a two year old and six year old, my prayers are with you all! Think positive so that you produce positive outcomes! His cancer is not going to go in remission, it's already there!

    Fernando said:
    January 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    May his cancer vanishes.

    Jb said:
    February 1, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Christian Bale: A MAN among men…Thank you for Making Zach's ordeal – a smidge better..
    Nothing BAD should ever happen to Kids….
    As a Grandpa? I APPROVE of this story!!!.

    June Tragesser said:
    February 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Zach is a real hero!!!! A touching story for sure…..he has been thru so much but yet he continues
    to fight the fight…..We are praying that he gets the transplant and has a full recovery – No more cancer~

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