Now in news that will restore your faith in humanity: Make-A-Wish is about to turn San Francisco into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of a 5-year-old leukemia patient. When the foundation interviewed Miles for his wish, he surprised even his parents by expressing his desire to BE BatKid.
Make-A-Wish doesn’t usually ask the public to participate with its wishes, but on November 15, hundreds or even thousands will gather to help make Miles’ superhero dream come true.
Marketing and promotions manager Jen Wilson said:
This is one that we thought of as a great opportunity for people to share in the power of a wish so they can see how it affects not only the children and their families, but also the other people involved ... it has a big impact on many people.
Miles’ dream day will begin with a TV announcement of the police chief asking if anyone knows where BatKid is, because there’s a crime that needs solving, and the bad guys must be brought to justice. He’ll then rescue a damsel in distress tied up to a cable car, and capture the Puzzler in the act of robbing a downtown vault.
At lunch, the chief will send him a special message to go to the window where he’ll see a group of citizens jumping up and down asking for his help to rescue a famous San Francisco mascot from a villain.
BatKid will end his day at City Hall, where the mayor and police chief will commend him and give him a key to the city, while a large crowd cheers him on.
How amazing is that?? This kid is going to have the BEST DAY EVER.
Wilson says that public interest in Miles’ Make-A-Wish day has been “extreme,” and they’re expecting hundreds, if not thousands, to come out and cheer Miles on.
They’ve also had a ton of people volunteer their time and talent to contribute to the day. Actors wanting to play roles, makeup artists, photographers, and videographers offering their services, even a fire truck that wants to come play too!
Keep an eye online on November 15 -- the group is putting together Twitter feeds for various characters to track the day with photos and videos.
If you could play a part in Miles’ day, how would you participate?
Image via Patrick Mize/Flickr