BRYCEVILLE, Fla – A local 5-year-old boy has spent the last two months in the hospital fighting spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). On Sunday, Jacob Snowden received a very special visit from Batman.
Jacob's father, Joseph, says SMA affects every bone in Jacob's body. He's confined to a wheelchair.
"He has limited mobility with his hands. He does have his very own power chair that he drives. But we had a problem two months ago where he just stopped breathing," Joseph said. Jacob spent the next two months in the hospital, and his courage caught the attention of a superhero.
Officer Damon Cole is a full-time officer from the Fort Worth Police Department in Texas, and he visits children all over the country who are battling cancer or other illnesses dressed as superheroes through his organization, Heroes and Cops Against Childhood Cancer.
"I learned about Jacob. I had to come see him. He likes Batman and (Jacob) is the real hero, so we had to make it happen... I guarantee you in the little time I had here, they forgot (Jacob) was sick. I will drive 100 hours to make that happen," Ofc. Cole told News4Jax.
"It's unspeakable. Words can’t even touch how that makes me feel towards some random stranger doing a kind act for Jacob. It makes me feel like the world isn't a bad place anymore," Jacob's dad said.
Ofc. Cole uses his own money and vacation time to travel the country with the simple goal of making children smile. Right now, Ofc. Cole is on a five state tour to see children battling cancer and other illnesses. His tour includes Tennessee, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. He drives a Superman Dodge Charger that's outfitted with superhero items and lights.
To the Snowden family, Ofc. Cole's visit was a touching reminder to never give up hope, and for Jacob to remember he’s a hero himself.
"I work hard for a living. Then I come home and my back hurts, then I look at him and I’m like, man, that is miniscule in comparison to what he goes through. So it is all about making him happy and making him smile," Jacob's dad said.
"God blessed me with my 9-year-old daughter, Savanna, who is my world. I can't comprehend being in their shoes. If I was, I would want someone to do this for my family. If my daughter loved Batman and someone came dressed up, that would make the world," Ofc. Cole said.
Ofc. Cole says he will go anywhere to make a sick child happy. He currently dresses up as Superman, Iron Man, Spiderman, Optimus Prime, Baymax from "Big Hero 6", Captain America, and, of course, Batman. He's saving up money for costumes for The Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Bumblebee, Hulk Buster, and Armored Batman.
Ofc. Cole says all you need to do to get him to come visit you is email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will even visit teenagers and adults.