Photo of the Day

image of a little boy dressed as Batman running down a street in San Francisco, as people lining the sidewalks cheer him on

Thousands of Volunteers Welcome Batkid to San Francisco:
Five-year-old Miles already has experience fighting villains - he's been facing off with acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old.

With his cancer in remission and his last bout of chemotherapy finished in June, his biggest wish was to continue living his life heroically. "He wanted to be Batman," said Patricia Wilson, the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Bay Area executive director.

We can do that, Wilson thought, and she began putting the call out to volunteers to help turn San Francisco into Gotham City for a day for the boy from Tulelake (Siskiyou County).

It might as well have been a worldwide Bat-Signal. Word of the foundation's efforts spread quickly on social media, and soon what started as a small effort to make a 5-year-old boy a hero for the day turned into a citywide extravaganza, with support and volunteers coming in from all over.
All the blubs forever.



10,000 Volunteers Have Turned San Francisco into Gotham City So a 5-Year-Old with Cancer Can Be Batman.

PHOTOS: Batkid Plays Hero for a Day in San Francisco.

(And, yes, I realize the whole "rescue the damsel" thing is problematic, but you know what? His cancer is in remission, and let's hope he has a long life ahead of him in which he can, among other things, learn all about stupid tropes. Today, he is a superhero.)

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