Like many a 5-year-old, California tot Miles is rarely seen without a superhero cape and costume. But unlike most 5-year-olds, Miles has also been battling leukemia along with those fictitious villains.
Having undergone treatment since he was 1, Miles is now officially in remission. The medicine-delivering port in his chest has been removed and he began kindergarten this year. Next on the agenda: become the superhero he has always dreamed of … for a day, at least, thanks to the efforts of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
The northern California chapter of the foundation has been granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions since 1984; one of the foundation’s largest chapters in the country, the Bay Area charity grants more than 300 wishes per year. But Miles’ wish may be the most elaborate to date.
When asked what he wanted for his wish, Miles said he wanted to be Batman. And so on Nov. 15, Batman — or more specifically, Batkid — he will be. A team of dozens has been working on turning the farfetched wish into a reality.
At around 10 a.m., Batkid will depart his hotel in the Batmobile, accompanied by Batman, after answering the chief of police’s call for help, he will rescue a damsel in distress from the Hyde Street cable car line, and will then help nab the Riddler while the villain is in the middle of robbing a vault. During lunch a flashmob in Union Square will let Batkid know that Lou Seal has been kidnapped by the Penguin. Batman and Batkid will then chase the Penguin to AT&T Park, where they will go through the cable car, down the Coke bottle slide, and end up near the miniature ball park, where they find a bound Lou Seal, who, naturally, they rescue.
From there, it’s off to city hall where the mayor will present the super little superhero with a key to the city.
“This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body” says Miles’ mom, Natalie. “This wish has become kind of a family reunion and is our celebration of his treatment completion.”
If you're in San Francisco and want to cheer Batkid on, check the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area page for details.
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