The Make-a-Wish Foundation in San Francisco created an entire day catered to 5-year-old cancer patient Miles Scott’s dream, inspiring waves of good feelings and donations for the foundation and even getting President Obama to issue his inaugural Vine via Twitter.
Miles asked Make-a-Wish to allow him to spend a day saving the city of San Francisco from a variety off issues while pretending to be caped crusader Batkid. Miles’ day began with having the San Francisco Chronicle’s entire front page dedicated to him and it only got better from there.
The young boy, who finished his treatments in June, also got to drive his own Batmobile, save a damsel in distress, foil the Riddler’s robbery and rescue the San Francisco Giants mascot (who calls AT&T Park home) from the Penguin. As if that wasn’t enough to feel good about, Miles’ cancer is in remission.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation views the day as an overwhelming success.
“First and foremost and above all is that the wish went so well,” said the organization’s national communications manager, Josh deBerge. “From the execution to the interest, it was just wonderful and I think Miles had, by all accounts, a great time. We knew there was something special about this wish. Whether it was the little picture of Miles in his bat costume or just the fact that it was going to be so easy for San Franciscans to become involved in it, I don’t know exactly what it was, but we knew there was going to be big interest.”
About 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition each year and the organization currently grants wishes to about 14,000 of them. After the event in San Francisco, so many donations poured in to Make-a-Wish’s website that it crashed.
San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said: “It was really unbelievable. The best part about it is, although the little guy had to get sick to get better … there was no catastrophe, nobody had to die for all these people to show up to spectacularly support his victory…I just keep reliving the day … I can’t ever remember a moment in time that’s better than that one. This is the best city.”
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