'Batkid' Saves Gotham, Fights Cancer and Warms Hearts

San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City and saved by BatKid, alter ego of a cancer fighting five-year-old boy.

For most of us, becoming a superhero is but a dream. But for pocket sized hero, Miles Scott, that dream became a reality, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As promised, they put on the adventure of a lifetime.

The leukemia stricken boy was treated to a day of heroic antics as he fended off comic book villains of the likes of the The Riddler and The Penguin, as well as saving damsels in distress and cruising around in the hottest wheels in the world - The Bat Mobile! (it was a Lamborghini)

The charity were said to be "overwhelmed by the response from local San Francisco residents" as the caped crusader was cheered on by over 10,000 volunteers, who turned out to act as Gothamites after the campaign went viral.

Dressed in a tiny superhero costume, Miles was approached by real life San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr made his acting debut as Commissioner Gordon, letting Miles know when and where his heroics were needed to save the city.

His official schedule was as follows:

After rescuing a damsel-in-distress from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill, then capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batkid will enjoy lunch at the Burger Bar, near Union Square. After lunch, he will get a special message from the Police Chief and go to the window where he will look down and see a huge crowd of volunteers jumping up and down pleading for Batkid's help. Why? The villainous Penguin has just kidnapped a famous San Francisco mascot (Lou Seal)! The batmobile will be visible on Union Square, (a convertible offering a view of the crime in progress), and the chase will be on!
After apprehending the Penguin, Batkid will make a final stop at City Hall where the Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, along with the Police Chief, will congratulate him on his daring feats of justice and present him with a key to the city.

Even President Barack Obama gave him a seal of approval, tweeting his appreciation for Miles' efforts in protecting the notorious (if fictional) city.

Patricia Wilson, the foundation’s executive director said, "I thought I could do it on a scale that a 5-year-old would appreciate, but apparently, it’s on a scale now that the nation appreciates.
"I’ve never seen anything go viral like this, with the outpouring of support from across the world," she added.
Miles is expected to receive the Key To The City in thanks for his heroism.

He may be BatKid for just a day, but he will be a hero forever.

Words by Gemma Clark

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