When 12,000 people join together to make a little boy’s dream come true, there is some serious “HERO” going on!
Miles, who is in remission for leukemia is “saving the day” for the citizens of Gotham and in the process helping a community join together for a common goal of heroism!
Today’s Friday’s Hero is The City of San Francisco & Miles “BatKid”
SF Morphs Into Gotham City for “Batkid” Battling Leukemia
“He likes to be a superhero,” Batkid’s mom said. “He is one. He beat an awful disease”
| Friday, Nov 15, 2013 | Updated 11:30 AM PST
The 12,000 volunteers who donned superhero capes and morphed San Francisco into Gotham City today can’t make sure a California boy will stay clear of leukemia for the rest of his life.
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But, in handing the 5-year-old the key to the city, they can sure give him every boy’s dream come true for a few hours and a memory for a lifetime.
Right at 10 a.m. on Friday, Miles – a shy kindergartner with bright blue eyes and is in remission from his cancer – became “Batkid,” complete with mask, cape and puffy fake muscles. He exited the Batmobile, from the front of the two-person sportscar – of course – safety first – after unstrapping himself from his carseat.
“He’s just the cutest,” said Jackie Johnston, one of the hundreds of fans who had come out to watch.
But Miles just isn’t cute. He’s a hero.
After he jumped on a trampoline to give him a little extra boost, he untied a “damsel in distress,” sitting on the cable car tracks on Hyde Street, a green bandana wrapped around her mouth, and a plastic box of what looked like explosives strapped to her back. Of course, the 5-year-old didn’t know exactly what to do at first, but was aided by his partner in good-deeds, Batman – one of the many volunteer actors partcipating in the event.
The crowds went wild, cheering clapping and ringing bells.
“He’s great, he did such a great job,” Mario Martinez said, holding his own son in his arms.
Miles, whose last name has not been given, has been a bit shy about talking through all this, telling all those who ask that “I’m gonna be Batman” – a character he regularly slips into during his rough-and-tumble escapades in Tulelake, Siskyou County near the Oregon border.
But his mom, Natalie, who also didn’t give her last name, said this dream – made possible through the national Make-A-Wish Great Bay Area Foundation – is emblematic of her son’s battle with leukemia.
“He likes to be a super hero,” she said. “He is one. He beat an awful disease”
All this is happening because of the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation, and an email Wilson sent out in October asking for some volunteers to help give Miles his wish.
The email went viral, and now, there are between 11,000 and 12,000 volunteers who are contributing their efforts, whether it be acting, being stage crew or assisting in a myriad of other ways.
“Obviously, we’ll never replicate this,” said Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation spokeswoman Patricia Wilson. “This is a moment in time when something goes viral and the city goes alive.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Bay Area has been operating since 1984, when it was able to grant 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, foundation grants 300 wishes per year and 6,000 wishes in all.
Here is the full schedule of Batkid’s day:
10 a.m.: Miles departs Grand Hyatt Hotel in Union Square in a batmobile after answering the chief of police’s call for help. Exits building through loading dock area located between Williams-Sonoma and the former Levi’s store on Post Street between Powell and Stockton
10: 15 a.m: Damsel in distress is rescued from the Hyde Street cable car line on the 1900 block of Hyde, between Green and Union streets
11:15 a.m. Batman and Batkid apprehend the Riddler, who is in the middle of robbing a vault. The Riddler is carted off in an SFPD paddy wagon starting at 550 Montgomery Street with lunch at the Burger Bar in Union Square. While Batkid is enjoying lunch, a flashmob in Union Square alerts Batkid that Lou Seal has been kidnapped by the Penguin and Lou Seal drive off toward AT&T park in an open car.
12:35 p.m.: Batman and Batkid chase the Penguin around the Promenade level of AT&T park, going through the cable car, down the Coke bottle slide, and ending up near the miniature ball park. Lou Seal is tied up there, and our heroes rescue him. They go down to the field to watch a message on the Jumbotron from the Chief of Police, inviting them to City Hall where the mayor is waiting to give them the key to the city.
2 p.m.: Mayor Ed Lee will hold a news conference with Miles, his parents, the chief of police at Civic Center Plaza.
If you’re going to be in San Francisco on Friday, email NBC Bay Area a photo of the city’s Gotham City transformation to firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet with the hashtag #SFBatKid.
- Thousands rally to turn San Francisco into Gotham City for young leukemia patient (globalnews.ca)
- San Francisco transforms into Gotham City for 5-year-old Batkid (dailydot.com)
- ‘Batkid’ fighting cancer captures hearts, saves San Francisco (latimes.com)
- San Francisco goes Gotham City for Batkid (telegraph.co.uk)
- San Francisco Turns Into Gotham City So 5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Can Be Batkid (blogs.sfweekly.com)
- Batkid Make-A-Wish day in San Francisco (wjla.com)
- Batkid ‘saves’ San Francisco (msnbc.com)
- San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish to be Batkid come true (mercurynews.com)
- San Fran turns into Gotham City for boy with cancer (kvue.com)
- Batkid to the Rescue! (changebydoing.wordpress.com)