Batkid to the Rescue!
By Nicole Halseth, News Editor
According to an article on the BBC news website, “Thousands of people in San Francisco have turned out to help a boy suffering from leukaemia fulfil his wish to be Batman for a day.” Miles Scott, a San Francisco boy of five, participated in organized events throughout the city in which he fought mock crimes. Scott even received an honour from the city’s mayor. This event was organized by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which received pledges to help with the event from over 10, 000 people.
Miles Scott is now in remission, following leukaemia treatment which had been ongoing for several years. The event began with Scott, dressed as Batman and going by the moniker ‘Batkid,’ received a broadcast calling for his help from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.
Following this, Batkid saved a woman in mock distress, as she was tied to cable car tracks along a major street. He was cheered along by hundreds of people who showed up to watch the event and provide support. Batkid was driven to each event in his very own ‘Batmobiles,’ which were two black Lamborghinis decorated with removable Batman stickers. He was escorted by the police, and was aided throughout the day by a man who was also dressed in a complete Batman costume.
Batkid continued his fight against crime by catching a pretend robber in his tracks in the city’s financial district. He then traveled to AT&T Park to rescue the San Francisco Giants baseball team mascot, which he did by valiantly disarming a fake bomb.
The crux of the day, however, was when the “villain,” the dastardly Riddler, was taken into custody by the authorities who had participated in the days’ events. According to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, this event was “on the scale of a military operation.” The Foundation was so dedicated in organizing this event that their website was closed on Friday, 15 November, as they fulfilled the wish.
Additionally, the mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, reportedly gave the courageous hero a key to the city before the day’s end. Natalie, Batkid’s mother, said that the day was like a “celebration” of her son’s completion of years of treatment. On the Make-a-Wish Foundation website, she wrote that “this wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body.”
This event is a wonderful example of community engagement. And really, who does not want to be Batman for a day? It seems Gotham (San Francisco) will be safe tonight.
For more information on the event, and more pictures from throughout the day, check out the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s website: http://ssl.wish.org/