Five years to the day after a big-dreaming kid with cancer successfully transformed San Francisco into a cosplay version of Gotham City, we’re happy to report that the youngster who became known as Batkid is still alive and well, and his leukemia is in remission.
Many of us will remember the day of Nov. 15, 2013, when little Miles Scott’s Make-A-Wish Foundation event captivated San Francisco, clogging the streets with 20,000 true believers cheering on the pint-sized caped crusader. On the five year anniversary of that day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation reports that Miles has beaten his cancer and is going about life as a perfectly normal fifth grader.
Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation’s original Batkid donation page is still online, and contains an uplifting update on this anniversary day.
“Since his crime fighting day five years ago, Miles has returned to being a typical kid—playing little league, going to school, helping his family farm, and even selling his first market goat in the local fair,” the foundation says. “Now 10 years old and in fifth grade, Miles loves science and robotics. After fighting his own heroic battle with leukemia since he was a year old, Miles visits his oncologist once a year, and has been in remission from leukemia for the past five years.”
A modest press release sent out in Oct. 2013 had a heroic impact in the city. The Make-A-Wish foundation hoped for a few hundred volunteers to participate in comic book-themed flash mobs, but they got more than 12,000 participants.
Then-Police Chief Greg Suhr broadcast a mock call for help that was shown on little Miles’ television set. Miles threw on his Batman costume and was greeted by an actor in a Batman costume. The dynamic duo than galloped across town diffusing “bombs,” thwarting The Riddler’s attempt to rob a bank, and saving Giants mascot Lou Seal from a kidnapping by The Penguin.
In the process, Batkid also received key to the city from Mayor Ed Lee, and an honorary tweet from President Barack Obama.
But more importantly, Batkid gave a big Bang!, Pow! And Sock! to cancer.