Sometimes it takes heroic little kids to remind us how important it is to be awesome to one another.
12,000 volunteers did just that in the City of San Francisco today, all in the name of making a little boy’s wish come true. This morning, Miles was a little boy who beat leukemia. But for the rest of the day he was Batkid, saving damsels in distress and fighting bad guys to save Gotham from evildoers.
After the Batphone rang at the Grand Hyatt hotel, Miles – a shy kindergartner with bright blue eyes who is in remission from his cancer – became “Batkid,” complete with mask, cape and puffy fake muscles. Wearing Velcro sneakers, Miles exited his Lamborghini-turned-Batmobile, but only after unstrapping himself from his car seat. (Safety first, Robin.)
“He’s just the cutest,” said Jackie Johnston, one of the hundreds of fans who had come out to watch.
But Miles isn’t just cute. He’s a cancer survivor. And in the eyes of the world, he’s a hero.
RAW VIDEO: “Batkid” Jumps Into Action to Save Damsel in Distress
He jumped on a trampoline to give him a little extra boost and untied a “damsel in distress,” sitting on the cable car tracks on Hyde Street, a plastic box of what looked like explosives strapped to her back. Of course, the 5-year-old didn’t know exactly what to do at first, but was aided by his partner in good deeds, Batman – one of the many volunteer actors participating in the event.
Miles became Batkid through the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation, who rounded up the thousands of volunteers to make Miles’ wish come true. And in doing so, brought the city (and Twitter, check out the #SFBatkid hashtag) together.
Well played, Batkid.