Five years ago, Batkid took on the Riddler, defused bombs and saved a damsel in distress in San Francisco. But recently, the young superhero has defeated another far more formidable foe – Cancer.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that ten-year-old Miles Scott has gotten the better of Cancer, with his leukemia in remission. His daily visits to doctors are now down to a mere once a year and he is completely cancer-free.
The titular ‘Batkid’, Miles, is now a fifth-grader and enjoys a normal, healthy childhood. He lives with his parents and two younger siblings on their farm in Tulelake (Siskiyou County). His interests include baseball, science, and robotics.
Five years ago, the Make-A-Wish foundation helped arrange a citywide event where Miles Scott could save the day. They allowed him to believe he really was Batkid. Joined by an actor dressed as Batman, Miles took part in a scenario where bombs needed defusing and people needed saving.
After all, it was his wish to be Batkid. The Make-A-Wish foundation grants children 15,000 wishes a year. Young Miles was one of the children who had a wish come true. But superhero stardom wasn’t the only thing he received – the Mayor of San Francisco awarded him the Key to the city.
And it appears to have worked. According to Jen Wilson, one of the Make-A-Wish directors who put the event together, “He just thought he was doing his job”. In a heartfelt move of goodwill and cheer, 10,000 people arrived at the event, chanting his superhero moniker as he saved the city.
Yet, in participating in the constructed event, Batkid managed to save the day in a real sense to boot. The publicity gained from the event meant that donations to the Make-A-Wish foundation increased greatly.
But Miles wasn’t the only child whose superhero dreams were realized. Kaheem, a 5-year-old boy from Owing Mills, Md., was granted a wish to become Super Kaheem. Another child had a Bat Cave made in his backyard.
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