When Make-a-Wish Foundation promised to turn a child with cancer’s hometown into Gotham City, San Francisco more than stepped up.
The charity planned to put on something a bit special for 5-year-old Miles, but were overwhelmed by the response from SF residents, with some 10,000 volunteers turning out to help achieve an authentic Gotham City after the campaign went viral.
Dressed as a tiny caped crusader, Miles defeated the Riddler and the Penguin at various locations around the city, also saving damsels in distress as he was cheered on by the masses.
Police Chief Greg Suhr even stepped in as a makeshift Commissioner Gordon to inform Miles when his superhero efforts were needed, and ‘Batkid’ is later expected to receive the key to Gotham City.
His parents were briefed on the planned events, but the festivities came as a surprise to the boy, who has melted the hearts of people the world over, including president Barack Obama, who tweeted:
‘I thought I could do it on a scale that a 5-year-old would appreciate, said Patricia Wilson, the foundation’s executive director. ‘But apparently, it’s on a scale now that the nation appreciates.
‘I’ve never seen anything go viral like this, with the outpouring of support from across the world,’ she added.
As it turned out, San Francisco was the hero Miles deserved, and the one he needs right now.