If you've been anywhere near television, newspapers or social media today, you're aware of the amazing adventure that one five-year-old boy has enjoyed. Miles Scott is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a disease he's been fighting since he was 20 months old. The young man finished his latest round of chemotherapy in June, and his dream was to keep living his life in heroic fashion. The Bay Area chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation was made aware of Miles' goal -- to be Batman.
What occurred in the wake of that wish makes for an amazing story. With the efforts of thousands of volunteers, San Francisco turned itself into Gotham City for a day, and Miles was able to save the city as "BatKid."
"I thought I could do it on a scale that a 5-year-old would appreciate," Patricia Wilson, Make-A-Wish's Bay Area executive director, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "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."
Young Miles saved a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks, foiled the Riddler in a bank heist attempt, and rescued Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants' mascot, after poor Lou was kidnapped by the Penguin. He then received the key to the city from Mayor Edwin Lee.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spent Friday preparing his team for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but he was just as aware as everybody else in the city of what BatKid was accomplishing.
“It’s wonderful, wonderful,” Harbaugh said during his press conference. “It’s great for the youngster and it’s great for the city of San Francisco and the whole region.
“I’m excited to read about it. Saving lives for the day, I love it. It’s so good ... A good deed in a weary world.”