The Internet and news broadcasts went absolutely insane last Friday as San Francisco transformed into Gotham City for the day, setting the stage for 5-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott to become Batkid and save the citizens from a myriad of villains. Through the efforts of Make-a-Wish, the city of San Francisco, and thousands of volunteers, Miles’ dream of becoming a superhero came true.
First, he (Along with his buddy Batman) saved a damsel in distress from the Nob Hill cable car line.
Then he stopped The Riddler from robbing a bank in the Financial District.
After enjoying a mighty burger-and-fries lunch, a flash mob in Union Square (Set to Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'”) warned Batkid that The Penguin had kidnapped the San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal.
Batkid and Batman rushed to AT&T Park in their Batmobile and freed Lou Seal and captured The Penguin.
At the end of the day, thousands of citizens gathered at City Hall to thank Batkid for saving the day. For his heroism, Batkid was honored by Mayor Ed Lee with a Key to the City, another Key made out of yummy chocolate, and a framed San Francisco Chronicle front page featuring the day’s stories. The Mayor also declared that November 15 is now Batkid Day!
I personally was part of the scenes in Union Square and City Hall. There are so many incredible stories from this day. I love that social media made this event viral and that there was mostly only love and enthusiasm about it on my feeds. I love that President Barack Obama even made a Vine video shout-out to Miles. I love that so many people came out and supported Batkid and this entire effort. I love that so many others were cheering for him and in awe of what was happening in San Francisco/Gotham City even if they could not be there. I love that my city, my baseball team, and my community went all in in making this event so authentic and for making it a memorable day for everyone involved.
However, I’m happiest for Batkid. He bravely fought Gotham City’s villains and also faced a very real villain in the form of cancer. It was announced at the closing ceremony that he recently completed all of his treatment. I’m so glad that all of the world got to watch Miles live out his dream, even though he has always been a true hero.
Kudos to all those who came together to make this vision a lovely reality, a day no one will ever forget, and kudos to Batkid for his unwavering courage. Batkid forever!
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(FEATURED PHOTO CREDIT: Getty)