"Batkid" Declared Cancer-Free Five Years After Saving San Francisco
The 10-year-old superhero has thwarted his biggest villain.
In November of 2013, the Internet fell in love with a little boy named Miles Scott, better known as "Batkid," whose only wish was to be Batman for a day. Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, as well as the work of 20,000 volunteers, the city of San Francisco was transformed into Gotham, and the then 5-year-old superhero saved a damsel in distress tied up across a cable car line, stopped the Riddler from robbing a bank vault, and freed San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal from the Penguin.
— Make-A-Wish Bay Area (@SFWish) November 15, 2013
The San Francisco Chronicler published a special edition of the paper for his "bat day."
— Audrey Cooper (@audreycoopersf) November 15, 2013
Barack Obama, who was president at the time, sent him a video to thank him for saving Gotham.
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) November 15, 2013
And the late mayor Ed Lee even gave him a key to the city in exchange for keeping its citizens safe.
Aside from evil villains, Miles' biggest battle was with leukemia, which he was diagnosed with when he was 18 months old. Today, the Make-A-Wish Foundation posted an update to let everyone know that he's officially been in complete remission for five years, which is the period of time that it takes for someone to be considered cancer-free.
Today, Miles is in fifth grade, and he loves science and robotics. In his spare time, he loves to play little league and help his family farm (and, presumably, fight crime under the cover of night, but that's a secret). He only visits the oncologist once a year.
Like a true superhero, he also made a huge difference in the lives of other children fighting life-threatening illnesses. According to the update, his viral story led to "an increase in offers of help across all areas, including donations, volunteers, referrals and other services. In fact, the volume of traffic on our servers caused our system-wide websites to go down for several hours on the day of his wish!"
In 2015, his inspiring story was turned into a documentary called Batkid Begins, which is currently available on Netflix.
If you'd like to make more dreams like this come true, consider volunteering for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, donating money, or referring someone you know who might quality.
And for more stories like this one, read about the town in Ohio who threw an early Christmas celebration for a terminally-ill little boy.
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