The Adventures of Batkid: Make-A-Wish Transforms San Francisco Into Gotham for a Day
The Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation truly set the bar for themselves. In fulfilling the dream of 5-year-old Miles, an epic Batman fan in remission from leukemia, the organization transformed San Francisco into a modern-day Gotham City on Friday and called on Miles to come save the day.
As we previously reported, Miles has been battling leukemia for some time and his dream was to be Batman, his favorite superhero, for a day. So Make-A-Wish answered his call.
Becoming "Batkid," Miles was surprised to see crowds of spectators come out in support of his big day when he was called into action by the chief of police to help save the city. Joined by Batman himself (played by one of the 12,000 volunteers who helped bring this child's dream to life), Miles was toted around in a Batmobile-style Lamborghini as he raced to save a damsel in distress, foil the plans of the Riddler, and rescue the kidnapped Giants mascot, Lou Seal, from the Penguin's clutches -- but not before stopping by Burger Bar for some lunch and a press conference with Mayor Ed Lee. For the big finish, Miles went to City Hall where the Lee was waiting to award him the key to the city.
How did this dream-come-true happen, exactly? Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation spokeswoman Patricia Wilson sent out an e-mail, requesting volunteers to help bring Miles' Make-A-Wish to life. After going viral, the message brought in thousands of volunteers.
"Obviously, we’ll never replicate this," said Wilson. "This is a moment in time when something goes viral and the city goes alive."
You can follow all of Miles'/Batkid's adventures from the day in the photos below: