How do you pay for a very large city turning itself into Gotham City for one sick little boy to live out his fantasy as Batkid? That’s a good question and one that was answered by philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman who picked up a $105,000 tab to do just that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 19.
Being Batkid and saving his city from crime was the fervent wish of 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia patient. The Make-A-Wish Foundation stepped in and had San Francisco transformed so Miles could do just that for a day on Nov. 15, 2013.
“Batkid Day” took a lot of preparation and a lot of money. Enter John and Marcia Goldman. The Goldmans run the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation whose motto is “Improving lives through the dedicated work of our grantees.”
When we read in your column how the Make-A-Wish Foundation was trying to raise the money to pay back the city for the setup and public safety costs surrounding the event, we thought, 'Wait a minute - they shouldn't have to pay for such a good deed and such an amazing event,' " John Goldman said.
"We've supported Make-A-Wish for some time. What a great way to celebrate something really amazing. It brought out the best in the city and showed it to the world."
So is there a moral in this story? Yes. There are still good people with money in this world who are willing to do what’s right and necessary.
Thank you, Goldman Foundation! An honorable mention goes to Police Chief Greg Suhr who gave donated services to keep the price from going higher.