Any kid who spends enough time reading comic books will eventually indulge in the fantasy of becoming a superhero in real life.
For one special boy in the Bay Area, that dream is about to become a reality.
On Nov. 15, the Make-A-Wish foundation is planning on transforming San Francisco into Gotham City as part of the wish of a five-year-old named Miles, who has been battling against Lukemia. As a young Batman fan, Miles told Make-A-Wish that his dream was to be “Batkid,” and the organization responded by developing elaborate plans that will allow the courageous youngster to live out his dream alongside the caped crusader.
According to the group’s website:
“After rescuing a damsel in distress from the Hyde St. cable car tracks in Nob Hill, and capturing the [Riddler] in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batkid will eat his lunch at the Burger Bar in San Francisco – directly above Union Square. While at Burger Bar, he will get a special message from the Chief of Police to go to the window – where he will look down and see a huge group of volunteers jumping up and down asking for Batkid’s help. Why?
Because the villainous [Penguin] will be kidnapping a famous San Francisco mascot! The getaway car will be visible on Union Square (a convertible so that everyone can see what is happening), and the chase will be on!
After catching Mr. P., Batkid will make his final stop at City Hall, where the Mayor and the Police Chief of San Francisco will thank him and give him the key to the city. We plan on having hundreds of volunteers and donors collected to cheer and thank our Batman!”
Hundreds of people throughout the city have already responded by volunteering as characters and extras. However, there will be no stand-in for the Mayor -- Ed Lee himself will be on hand to award Miles with a key to the city and “congratulate him on a job well done.” Make-A-Wish has posted the day’s itinerary online and is encouraging ordinary citizens of Gotha...San Francisco to come out on the 15th and cheer on the tiny hero.
Those who wish to donate to the fine work at the Make-A-Wish foundation can do so by clicking here.