(UPDATE) San Francisco ‘BatKid’ gets superhero wish granted
San Francisco has transformed into Gotham City Friday to make a dream come true for a little boy diagnosed with leukemia.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation, in cooperation with the city and overwhelming crowds of its residents, helped make the magical day happen for 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is in remission.
Miles has already saved a damsel in distress, busted the Riddler and rescued a would-be kidnap victim of the Penguin. The San Fransisco Chronicle published a special edition to mark to occasion with the headline “BatKid saves city.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation posted Batkid’s packed itinerary for the day:
The day will begin with a breaking news story. San Francisco’s Police Chief will ask if anyone knows the whereabouts of Batkid. The city needs his help to fight crime and capture villains! Our little Batkid, along with The Caped Crusader, will be ready to answer the call!
After rescuing a damsel-in-distress from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill, then capturing the Puzzler 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 Mr. P has just kidnapped a famous San Francisco mascot (Lou Seal)! The getaway car will be visible on Union Square, (a convertible offering a view of the crime in progress), and the chase will be on!
After apprehending Mr. P, 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. We hope to have a huge crowd of volunteers and donors there to cheer him on and thank our Batkid!
And Miles is not the only person joining in on the fun. The regular folks of San Francisco were invited to be part of a flashmob that warns Miles about Mr. P. Thousands of people have also joined the cheer crowd of Batkid’s fans in anticipation of him receiving the city’s key.
Miles’ story has exploded over social media as people share the heartwarming story of a city coming together to grant the wish of a child.
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