Cross off another couple of big items from little Nathan Beatty’s “bucket list.”
The 8-year-old Glen Rose boy captured the hearts of area residents when it was announced that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Doctors told his parents, Clint and Tara Beatty, that it’s uncertain how long Nathan will survive. They said that while at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Nathan was diagnosed as having a DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) tumor, which is almost always fatal.
Since then, Nathan came up with a bucket list of things he wants to experience. They took him to Florida in October to see “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida.
Nathan picked up a few more impressive notches on his belt such as riding in a helicopter and attending the Dallas Cowboys’ game against Baltimore Sunday.
Last week, Nathan visited Patrick Sharp, a pro hockey player with the Dallas Stars, and got to go to their locker room and even participated in a morning skate.
Earlier this month, Nathan got a special thrill when he was visited by Spiderman, one of his favorite fictional characters.
Spiderman was portrayed by Fort Worth Police officer Damon Cole, who also spends time suited out as Batman, Superman and The Hulk, spreading fun and joy visiting sick children.
Tara Beatty said Nathan didn’t want to say much about the visit because some of what Spiderman told him was a secret.
But Nathan did comment that he “got to ride in (Spiderman’s) car,” and even admitted that he got to drive it for a short distance.
Asked if he had fun, Nathan replied, “Yeah. It was a lot of fun.”