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Batkid Saves The Day!

November 19th, 2013

Photo credit: Flickr user Photogism via Creative Commons

Batkid sure had a busy day Friday rescuing Gotham City from villains!

But it was all in a day’s work … and a wish come true for 5-year old Miles Scott.

Miles has had a kind of cancer, called leukemia, since he was about a year-and-a-half old. It’s a life-threatening illness and he’s spent most of his young life very sick.  He is in remission now, which means he has gotten better, but he hasn’t been able to have much of a regular childhood, so far.

That changed big-time Friday when the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco granted Miles his wish to be Batkid for a day.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to very sick children helping them have a special experience.

Miles thought he was going to San Francisco with his family to get a Batman costume, and that was pretty much it.

So, you can imagine his surprise when he arrived and saw that the entire town of San Francisco transformed into Gotham City — the fictional city where Batman lives! And Miles, in his Batkid suit, had to save the day!

San Francisco’s police chief began with an urgent message for him.

Miles had to save a “damsel in distress” tied to some tracks. He need to catch the Joker and throw him in jail. Then he need to save a mascot and apprehend the Penguin, who was responsible — all with a break for lunch and a souped up Lamborghini that doubled as the Batmobile.

At the end of it all, Miles received the key to the city from the mayor.

And though Batkid’s “crime-fighting” skills were truly impressive, so was the fact that pretty much all of San Francisco were in on making Miles’ day extra-special. Streets were closed. Buildings were decorated. Newspapers printed special editions about Miles’ heroics.

Even President Obama cheered him on from the White House (if you put your cursor over the video you can hear the audio by clicking on the icon in the top left corner).

Many people feel Miles is already a hero for overcoming such a serious disease. And as people learned about a little boy’s heartwarming wish, thousands joined in to help make it larger-than-life.

Photo credit: Flickr user Photgism via Creative Commons

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