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    Over a dozen superheroes gathered at a Maryland hospital Wednesday to honor a real-life superhero. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015)

    Over a dozen superheroes gathered at a Washington, D.C., hospital Wednesday to honor a real-life superhero.

    Lenny Robinson, better known as Maryland's Batman, spent nearly 10 years dressing as the caped crusader and driving his Batmobile to area hospitals to visit children. Tragically, Robinson died in an accident two months ago.

    Spiderman, Captain America and Wonder Woman were among the 15 superheros who stopped by Children's National Hospital to deliver toys to every patient and honor Robinson's memory.

    "Lenny just made everybody so happy. When he walked in as Batman, he transformed the whole hospital into a magical world and none of the kids felt like they were sick anymore," said Laurie Strongin, executive director of the Hope for Henry Foundation.

    On Wednesday, the Hope for Henry Foundation, an organization Robinson volunteered with, presented Robinson's father, Larry Robinson, with the first Hope for Henry Superhero Award. 

    "I never, ever realized the extent to which he was revered and loved, and to the extent he reciprocated that love to children," Larry Robinson said. 

    Lenny Robinson became an even bigger celebrity in the region after police pulled him over in his black Lamborghini while he was in costume in 2012. He had removed his Maryland license plates in favor of Batman tags as he was on his way to Children's Hospital.

    Back in August, Robinson was driving eastbound on I-70 near Hagerstown when he had engine trouble and stopped partially in the fast lane. According to Maryland State Police, Robinson was checking the engine when a Toyota Camry hit his Batmobile, which then struck him.

    In a 2012 profile on the charitable caped crusader, The Washington Post reported that Robinson spent more than $25,000 of his own money on Batman-related items every year, including toys, T-shirts and books he gave away to kids.