Batkid became Gotham’s most courageous superhero. Dressed in a black costume, less than half the size of Batman, Miles Scott took to San Francisco; alongside his favorite hero to save the city.
Greg Suhr, San Francisco’s Police Chief, reached out to Batkid for help against the city’s crime. Batkid was excited to answer the call. He rescued the Giants’ mascot who had been captured by the Penguin, the Riddler who was robbing a bank and a woman who was stuck on the cable car tracks in Nob Hill.
Scott, who is 5-years-old, lives in Northern California in a city called Tulelake. He thought he was headed to San Francisco to get a Batman costume so that he could mirror his favorite superhero. He had no idea that the Make-A-Wish Foundation was ready to fulfill his wish.
Scott, who is happy to report his cancer is now in remission, has battled leukemia nearly all of his young life. He was diagnosed with the disease when he was only 18 months. He finally concluded his treatments this past June.
Scott, as Batkid, had a dignitary styled police escort as he traveled around the city in a black Lamborghini; complete with Batman decal. Officers blocked traffic and followed alongside him on motorcycles.
The crowd of supporters grew into the thousands. He even garnered attention from the White House who sent out a tweet telling him to, “Go get em.”
At times Scott seemed overwhelmed by all of the support; as he went through the city people were chanting, “Batkid, Batkid.” He didn’t waver in his quest; he worked through each scenario that was set up for Batkid with his lips tightened and his fists clenched.
He stopped for lunch on top of Macy’s at the Burger Bar in Union Square while the crowd continued to grow.
Onlookers mounted lampposts and climbed trees to get a glimpse of this pint-sized masked hero.
One supporter, Lisa Aguirre, said he picked her favorite superhero, Batman. She kept saying how amazing he is and said she had to come and show her support. Scott also became the star of social media; attracting fans all around the globe.
Another witness of this great moment in time was 51-year-old Gina Futrell. She said it’s extremely important to have a support system when you have an illness. She is currently dealing with multiple sclerosis and said she has a great support system. She said Scott is such a little hero that she hopes he does too.
Nick Scott, Batkid’s father, thanked the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Greater Bay Area; along with the approximately 7,000 people who helped to make his son’s wish a reality.
KGO-TV, The San Francisco Chronicle and thousands of volunteers helped make this event a success. The Chronicle comprised a special-edition newspaper with the headline “Batkid Saves City.” Hundreds of copies were distributed in Union Square.
Suhr said this event has become a full-blown phenomenon. Mayor Ed Lee said he was so grateful for all the support and planned to give Scott a key to the city after Batkid saved the city.
Scott’s father told KGO-TV that he hopes all of the other parents, doctors and nurses have the same conclusion to their sickness that his family is getting. He knows firsthand how hard it is to go through a long-term illness.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has performed similar desires for youngsters across the country. According to a spokeswoman for the organization, Jen Wilson, a child in Seattle was a secret agent and another child in Anaheim was Robin, Batman’s partner in crime.
Miles Scott, dressed in a small Batman costume, traveled around San Francisco as Batkid. Scott is a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia since he was 18 months. As a result of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Scott became Gotham’s most courageous hero.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)