Tuesday, November 12, 2013
So here's a great story from Mashable: Miles (above) is five years old, lives in Northern California, and has leukemia. And when the Make-A-Wish foundation came to him to ask for something special he might like to do, he unexpectedly told them he wants to be Batman.
Here's the crazy thing: they agreed. They set up a page online laying out a scenario, to take place on this Friday, in which Miles will be called by the police chief of San Francisco and asked to help solve crimes. He'll save a damsel in distress, stop the Riddler, stop for lunch (even Batkid need calories to fight crime!), save a famous San Francisco mascot from the Penguin, and finally get the key to the city from the mayor and police chief.
People who RSVP'd on the page could be part of the show, cheering him on, watching him as he stops bad guys. They expected maybe a couple hundred. At this point they have over 7100, with some people flying in from other parts of the country, just to be part of Miles' special day.
Some fans also set up this Facebook page, which seems to feature lots of people sending encouraging comments to Miles and holding up signs in famous places saying "YOUR CITY HERE Loves Batkid".
It's devastating to imagine this little boy so sick, but what an inspiration to see how complete strangers are trying to bring him some joy.
If you're in San Francisco Friday, or you're on Facebook, you might add a little yourself.
Posted by Jim McD at 8:35 AM