[Vision2020] Thousands cheer on pint-size superhero

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Sat Nov 16 02:28:20 PST 2013

It takes a village . . .

Courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle (and an additional 38 photos) at:



Batkid: Thousands cheer on pint-size superhero

After fighting off cancer, capturing the hearts of a city was a cinch.

Five-year-old Miles Scott - a.k.a. Batkid - lived out his wish of becoming a caped crusader Friday, quashing a crime spree in his pint-size superhero suit as San Francisco became Gotham City. Thousands of volunteers and spectators stopped what they were doing to take part.

People cheered as Miles buzzed by in a Lamborghini Batmobile. News crews gave chase as the boy rescued a damsel tied to cable-car tracks. Social media lit up with cheers.

Even President Obama took a break from defending his health care law to say in an online video, "Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham."

"In a world where we keep hearing about shootings and muggings, to have our city come together like this is unbelievable," said Jason Dorn, 43, who navigated the thick crowds.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has often arranged elaborate gifts for kids with life-threatening diseases - but never at this scale, said Patricia Wilson, the foundation's Bay Area head.

Wilson had originally hoped a few hundred volunteers would support Miles, who lives in Tulelake (Siskiyou County) and is in remission from leukemia. But more than 12,000 signed up.

They saw Police Chief Greg Suhr - playing Commissioner Gordon - lend his forces to Batkid, who thwarted a bank robbery and rescued Lou Seal, the San Francisco Giants' mascot.

By the afternoon, the San Francisco offices of the U.S. attorney and the FBI had joined in the theater, indicting the Riddler and the Penguin. Mayor Ed Lee gave Miles a key to the city made of chocolate.

Elisa Haidt, 37, and Amy Jackson, 32, had tears in their eyes. They had worked with Tripit, a travel website and Make-A-Wish partner, to plan a flash mob dance in Union Square to Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'. " They said Miles' enthusiasm was contagious.

"We were here to cheer on Miles, but Miles also helped us," Haidt said.

Not everyone felt the love. While city police officials said they handled Friday's crowds without extra staffing or costs, some thought the event focused too much energy on one child.

City Supervisor Eric Mar said on Instagram, "Waiting for Miles the Batkid and wondering how many 1000s of SF kids living off SNAP/FoodStamps could have been fed from the $$."

But on the streets and on social media, many reveled in what they saw as a feel-good story. On Twitter, people asked the boy to save San Francisco from spiraling rents - or to fix the health care law.

Wilson, the Make-A-Wish official, said Miles - who was 20 months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia - was one of many children who lost parts of their childhoods to a "grown-up battle."

By granting wishes, she said, "We get to restore a little bit of that."


Miles Scott, holds up his fist in victory while on stage with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee after Scott's Make a Wish experience as "Batkid" in San Francisco on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.  Five year old Miles Scott from Tulelake in Siskiyou County loves superheroes and Batman in particular. After battling leukemia since he was a year old Miles will fulfill his dream of becoming Batkid being swept around the city performing superhero feats from rescuing a damsel in distress to thwarting a bank robbery and even chasing down the Penguin through AT&T Park. 


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Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

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