Greenbrier County boy gets the ride of his life in the Batmobile
BEAVER, WV (WVNS) – Raleigh County Memorial Airport was teeming with car enthusiasts across the state. Engines roared and drivers flaunted their vintage cars. Volkswagen, Mustang and Chevrolet are just a few of the cars on display on Saturday July 10, 2021.
The West Virginia Batman and his Batmobile were also there to show off their skills, as well as fulfill a young boy’s dream in Greenbrier County.
“Layne has type one spinal muscular atrophy. He was diagnosed at six months of age. It’s a terminal disease. It’s neuromuscular deterioration of the muscles,” said Barbara Adkins, the grandparent. mother of Layne.
Layne Hawkins is a nine year old girl from Crawley. He told 59News that his favorite DC superhero is Batman.
On Saturday, he and his family got in the Batmobile to take a picture of it. However, Batman had another idea for Hawkins.
“I pray that the whole world will shut up for a minute and realize what is really important in life. What he deals with and what he fights with. There is a lot of uncertainty with that for him so I said you know what we’re going to do. We’ll get you in the car and drive you. And it just lit up like a Christmas tree, ”said John Buckland, who works for Heroes 4 Higher, also known as The West Virginia Batman.
Buckland said he lets the kids get in the batmobile to give them hope. He said the batmobile’s nickname is Hopemobile.
West Virginia State Police, Jan Care, Beaver Fire, and Nascar all got together and escorted Layne through the show.
Barbara Adkins is Hawkins’ grandmother. She said she was grateful that everyone came together to support her grandson.
“Layne doesn’t do much and when he does, I enjoy it so much and Batman is just awesome,” Adkins said.
Layne said it was amazing driving through the show in the Batmobile at the auto festival.
Giving Layne the trip of a lifetime.