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Five-year old leukemia survivor takes San Francisco by storm as ‘Batkid’

Published time: November 16, 2013 12:36
Edited time: November 17, 2013 22:18
Leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, and Batman leave a former bank after arresting the Riddler as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment November 15, 2013 in San Francisco.(AFP Photo / Ramin Talaie)

Leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, and Batman leave a former bank after arresting the Riddler as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment November 15, 2013 in San Francisco.(AFP Photo / Ramin Talaie)

The people of San Francisco turned out in their thousands to greet leukemia survivor, Miles Scott, in the guise of Batkid. The city looked on as the 5-year-old realized his wish to be Batman for a day battling mock crimes across San Francisco.

Miles, who is now in remission after several years of treatment for Leukemia, was met with a surprise when he arrived in San Francisco to collect a costume of his favorite superhero. The Make-A-Wish foundation had organized a day of crime-fighting antics for the pint-sized superhero.

Local media estimated that at least 7,000 people took to the street to cheer Batkid on as he embarked upon his crime-fighting mission in a black Lamborghini emblazoned with the Batman logo accompanied by the caped crusader himself.

Police escorts leukemia survivor Miles, 5, dressed as BatKid, and Batman after they arrest the Riddler as part of a Make-A-Wish foundation fulfillment November 15, 2013 in San Francisco.(AFP Photo / Ramin Talaie)


Police officers on motorcycles escorted Batkid as he raced around the city, blocking traffic and closing off roads. Miles rescued a damsel in distress tied to a cable car track in San Fracisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood. Enraptured fans cheered and applauded as he disabled a plastic replica bomb she was tied to.

Miles then sped off once again to thwart a bank robbery and capture his arch-enemy, the Joker, red-handed. The Batkid’s final feat of the day saw him foil the kidnapping of Giants' mascot Lou Seal by the Penguin.

Batkid’s visit to San Francisco was accompanied by social media frenzy with thousands posting photos and messages egging on Miles Scott. President Barack Obama even recorded a short Vine thanking Batkid for “saving Gotham.”

Five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott, dressed as "Batkid" receive a key to the city declaring him "Junior Mayor" from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (L) during a ceremony as part of a day arranged by the Make- A - Wish Foundation in San Francisco, California November 15, 2013.(Reuters / Robert Galbraith)

“Everything about the #batkid story just restores my faith in humanity,” wrote Twitter user Scot Stevens, while thousands of people posted photos on the Batkid Photo Project page of Facebook.

Miles was diagonosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old and finished treatment for the disease in June.

His father thanked the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and the thousands of people who turned out to offer their support for Miles.

"All the doctors, nurses and all the other parents that have to deal with the same thing we're going through. I hope they get a conclusion to their illnesses like we're getting," Nick Scott told KGO-TV.

Miles’ mother also expressed her gratitude and said the day was a “celebration" of her son’s completion of the treatment.

"This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son's body,"
she wrote in a statement on the foundation's website.

The Batmobile carrying five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott, aka "Batkid" is seen as part of a day arranged by the Make- A - Wish Foundation in San Francisco, California November 15, 2013. (Reuters / Stephen Lam )


Comments (27)

 

Common Sense 18.11.2013 22:23

@ Dennis this really isnt the place to discuss it, but if you cannot see the blatent anti-us bias RT has then Putin has done his job all too well.

I read BBC mostly as it tends to have the widest reach with excellent fact-based reporting.

RT is sponsered by the Russian government and was created in order to counter what Putin thought was a dominance in "soft" power by the west.

I read RT precisely because I know that they will have mainly articles that are critical of the US, that might not be popular to American's but can be good information to know.

What scares me is that many Russians do no know this bias.

 

Jasmine Mena 18.11.2013 06:31

Can people just stop posting comments that have nothing to do with this? It has nothing to do with the lousy government or the American people. It's about a CHILD, who has been fighting a tough battle, taking a break from his harsh reality. You all talk about how ignorant, self centered and greedy Americans are? I'm American and yes SOME are that way. But look at your selves! Celebrate this innocent boy was happy for the day, don't use it as an opportunity to vent. You're entitled to an opinion but when it comes to children, if you have nothing positive to say keep your mouth shut.

 

Jackie Rawlings 18.11.2013 03:10

With so much hate reported and attacks on the President and on people in need it is so good to hear a heart warning story. We see youth killed for nothing on a door for help, bodies executed in the woods and even skittle/ice tea are weapons when cared by a kid walking home. But a little kid lived his dream and with help. It was nice to see even the actors who played Batman have joined. We will see hear hate by many Americans but the good people out number the bad.

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