November 15 will never be forgotten by 5-year-old Miles Scott. The Make-A-Wish foundation organized for San Francisco to be turned into Gotham City in Scott’s honor, reports CBS San Francisco. Not only that, but Scott was also entrusted with the city’s safety as he took on the role of Batkid!
Here’s what you need to know about the little caped crusader:
1. Scott Got to Live November 15 as a Superhero
Scott began the day in training as he was showed some life-saving techniques. He then took advantage of his new skills when he rescued a woman from the tracks of a cable car. After a quick lunch at a burger bar it was back to work when he helped the Chief of San Francisco’s police force to help the cops catch super villains The Penguin and The Riddler (even The Joker won’t mess with Miles).
One helpful citizen even donated a black Lamborghini that was turned into a bat mobile. Patricia Wilson, of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Bay Area told SF Gate, simply: “He wanted to be Batman.”
2. It Took 12,000 Volunteers to Make the Day Possible
The day finished with Scott receiving the key to the city from the mayor of San Francisco. The whole day was made possible thanks to thousands of volunteers. Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters that due to the massive response, volunteers had to be turned away.
3. This Marks the Beginning of the End of Scott’s Battle With Leukemia
Scott has battled Leukemia for three years. The celebrations today marks his remission, his mother, Natalie says:
This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body. This wish has become kind of a family reunion and is our celebration of his treatment completion.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Scott has suffered with acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old. His cancer has been in remission since June.
The family are from Tulelake in northern California.
4. The Event Was Fueled by Social Media
Scott’s day has led to some seriously emotional Twitter:
— ashley zlotkowski (@ashzlot) November 15, 2013
— Stephanie Chuang (@StephChuang) November 15, 2013
And even President Barack Obama reached out to thank Batkid:
5. It Was a Memorable Day for the Whole Family
Even his brother, Ryan, go to be a superhero:
Batkid and robin kid! Must be awesome for him to be batman for one day :) pic.twitter.com/CdHpcRN4b3
— Felipe Lopez (@felipe92lopez) November 15, 2013
— Jennifer Tomooka (@jenniwren08) November 15, 2013