Batkid: Fighting Crime and Cancer
This is a story that’s tugged at my heart. The story of a little boy living out his dream thanks to the help of 7,000 strangers.
A couple weeks ago I told you about a sweet little 5-year-old boy named Miles whose dream of fighting crime were to come true on November 15th thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco.
Miles has been battling leukemia since he was 18 months old. Right now he’s in remission, and his dream was to be “Batkid” for a day and Make-A-Wish made it happen.
With the help of the city of San Francisco and about 7,000 strangers, Miles dressed up as a mini Batman, got to ride in a black Lamborghini that served as a makeshift Batmobile, stopped The Riddler from robbing a bank and saved a damsel in distress on a cable car. Then he rescued the San Francisco Giants’ mascot from The Penguin, and the mayor presented him with a key to “Gotham City” on the steps of City Hall.
Every step of the way, there were people holding signs, wearing Batkid t-shirts, and cheering him on. The “San Francisco Chronicle”even printed a special edition titled the “Gotham City Chronicle” with the headline, “Batkid Saves City,” and handed out 1,000 copies.
Brave little Miles also got props from basically every actor who’s played Batman. Christian Bale called it “fantastic.” Michael Keaton called it the “cutest thing in the world” and Adam West said the people of San Francisco did a “wonderful thing.” Val Kilmer posted on Twitter, quote, “Just heard the Riddler is robbing a bank in the financial district. Hurry.” And the next Batman, Ben Affleck, called Miles the “best Batman ever.”
Even President Obama got in on it, and posted a video congratulating Miles, saying, quote, “Way to go Miles. Way to save Gotham.”