San Francisco, Calif. – For many kids they have the same dream…to be a super hero. And that’s what happened in this remarkable story about making 5-year-old Miles Scott’s dream come true.
Batkid, aka Miles Scott, who has been suffering from lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 18 months old, told the Make-A-Wish foundation he wanted to fight crime like a superhero because superheroes always win.
With the help of San Francisco, the police department, businesses, the San Francisco Giants, and thousands of volunteers they made his dream a reality this past Friday.
San Francisco was turned into a make believe version of Gotham City, as thousands of bystanders cheered to celebrate with him for his cancer being in remission.
Miles, I mean Batkid, was called by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr…ahem, the commissioner, to help save “Gotham.” He was joined by an adult Batman and even drove around the city in a Laborghini with batman decals.
The day of adventure included Batkid rescuing a damsel in distress from cable cat tracks, stopping the Riddler from robbing a bank, and even saving Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants mascot from the Penguins. Batkid then arrived at city Hall and thousands (an estimate of over 10,000) cheered as Scott made his way to the platform as he was awarded a key to the city by Mayor Ed Lee.
Make-A-Wish foundation, a non-profit orginization that grants wishes to children with life-threatning illnesses, fulfilled similar wishes around the country. In Seattle they granted Erik Martin’s wish to be a superhero, turning him into electron boy. There was also Pittsburgh’s Michael Lucco who was Beetle Boy for the day. But according to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area executive director Patricia Wilson, she’s never seen anything like this.
“This wish has taken off and definitely taken me by surprise – we’re in the shock-and-awe part of this … it’s unprecedented,” Wilson said. “This is social media at its best.”
“This one has taken on a life of its own with how viral it went and how many people got involved,” Wilson said. “Quite frankly, I think it’s because it’s San Francisco. I don’t think that could happen anywhere else. … Let’s face it, we love a good excuse for a celebration.”
The Batkid story got so big that there was a point Friday that The Make-A-Wish website was shutdown due to an overload of visitors.
According to Mashable.com, there were more than 200,000 tweets coming from 117 countries on Friday with the #SFBatkid hashtag. This heartwarming story prompted celebrities including an encouraging tweet from the White House, “Go get ’em!” and President Barack O’Bama even sent a video
As well as former and current Batmen.
Christian Bale said, “This little kid, oh my God — what a wonderful day for the little fella! It’s just fantastic, seeing all those people who were out there to support it.”
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) November 16, 2013
The response of the story of Batkid showed the fascination that people have with participating in charitable acts and the extent people would go to get involved and support one another.
Miles Scott saved San Francisco’s version of Gotham but that’s secondary to Miles Scott’s real life heroism.
As Patricia Wilson said, “He already battled a villain in real life. He fought cancer and won.”