San Francisco rallies for 'Batkid' Miles Scott, leukaemia survivor

 

Miles Scott got to pretend he was Batman for the day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as Claire Brennan reports

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Thousands of people in San Francisco have turned out to help a boy recovering from leukaemia fulfil his wish to be Batman for a day.

Miles Scott, five, participated in events across the city including fighting mock crimes and receiving an honour from the mayor.

Make-A-Wish Foundation, which organised the event, received pledges from more than 10,000 people to lend a hand.

Miles, in treatment for several years, is now said to be in remission.

According to local television, the youngster thought he was just on his way to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favourite superhero.

Miles nabs villains

But then he heard a broadcast from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr appealing for help from "Batkid".

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This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son's body”

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Next, the pint-sized superhero saved a "damsel in distress", tied to cable car tracks along a major urban street.

A San Francisco Chronicle live blog of the day's events showed hundreds of people cheering Miles on during the "rescue".

Miles was ferried from events in one of two "Batmobiles", or black Lamborghinis with Batman removable stickers, which were escorted by police.

Later, he foiled a faux robbery in the city's financial district with the help of an adult Batman impersonator.

Authorities who participated in the day's events pretended to apprehend the villain, the Riddler.

Miles also travelled to AT&T Park to rescue the San Francisco Giants baseball team mascot by disarming a fake bomb planted by another classic Batman baddie, the Penguin.

'Military operation'

The US justice department even prepared an indictment for the Riddler and the Penguin.

Miles Scott in an undated photo  Miles Scott is now in remission following treatment for leukaemia

Towards the end of the day San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee gave Miles a key to the city.

US President Barack Obama praised the mini-caped crusader in a video from the White House, saying: "Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham."

An estimated 7,000 people turned up to help make Miles' wish come true.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation said the event was "on the scale of a military operation".

In real life, Miles has defeated an enemy even more ruthless than Batman's nemeses - he is presently recovering from leukaemia, with which he was diagnosed at 18 months old.

His mother, Natalie, said Friday was a "celebration" of her son's completion of treatment in June.

"This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son's body," she wrote in a statement on the foundation's website.

His father, Nick Scott, thanked the charity and everyone else who took part.

"All the doctors, nurses and all the other parents that have to deal with the same thing we're going through, I hope they get a conclusion to their illnesses like we're getting," he told KGO-TV.

Miles Scott (right), walks with a man dressed as Batman in San Francisco, California on 15 November 2013  Crime never stops, but thankfully neither does Batkid - here's the pint-sized superhero, aka Miles Scott, on his way to foil another dastardly deed
Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, exits the Batmobile with Batman to save a damsel in distress in San Francisco, on 15 November 2013 The mini-caped crusader leaps from the Batmobile for his next caper
Batkid is hugged after rescuing a woman in distress in San Francisco on 15 November 2013 Batkid is hugged by a "damsel in distress" he has just rescued
A man dressed as The Riddler is taken away by a San Francisco police officer after being apprehended by five-year-old leukaemia survivor Miles dressed as Batkid in San Francisco on 15 November 2013 Kapow! Take that, the Riddler. That'll teach you to mess with Batkid
Kayla Fry holds a sign as she waits to see five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott in San Francisco on 15 November 2013 Miles' adoring public are lost in admiration for his indefatigable heroics
This Friday, 15 November 2013 image released by the San Francisco Chronicle shows a front page of the Gotham City Chronicle to honour Miles Scott, as Batkid The San Francisco Chronicle transformed its masthead into the Gotham City Chronicle to honour Miles, with a front-page story penned by "Clark Kent"
The Penguin holds the San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal captive as they wait for the arrival of five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles, aka "Batkid" 15 November 2013 Holy smoke! The Penguin's trying to make Giants mascot Lou Seal a Los Angeles Dodgers fan - a crime justice officials said was "in violation of all laws of Gotham City". And he almost got away with it...
Batkid confronts the Penguin at AT&T Park on 15 November 2013 ...until Batkid showed up
Batkid is congratulated by the cops at AT&T Park on 15 November 2013 Batkid takes a moment to accept the gratitude of the cops for his services to Gotham
Batkid speak to a fan at AT&T Park on 15 November 2013 And as he leaves the Giants stadium, Miles explains to a fan how he did it
Batkid smiles after apprehending The Riddler in San Francisco on 15 November 2013 We salute you, Batkid
 

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