Make-A-Wish to turn San Francisco into Gotham City for ‘Batkid’

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A 5-year-old boy named Miles doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to have a big day of crime fighting ahead of him. On Friday, Miles — dressed as “Batkid” — will be asked to zoom around San Francisco, California, saving a damsel in distress and capturing a couple of bad guys.

This battle will be nothing for Miles, however, who is already fighting something much bigger — leukemia.

“He is a sunny, positive little boy and finds his inspiration in super heroes,” according to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. When asked what was his wish, Miles surprised everyone by saying he wanted to be Batkid. Now, the non-profit organization has planned a fun-filled day for him as he “trains” with an adult “Batman.”

To start the day, Batkid will rescue a damsel who will be tied up on the Hyde Street cable car lines in Nob Hill. He’ll then go on to catch his nemesis, the Riddler, as he attempts to rob a bank.

From there, Batkid will grab a little lunch. But before he gets too comfortable, he’ll get a special message from the chief of police, telling him to go to the window where he’ll see a huge group of volunteers — er, citizens — jumping up and down and asking for help because the villain “Mr. P.” has kidnapped a famous San Francisco mascot!

Batkid will, of course, catch this “Mr. P.” and then end his day at City Hall, where the mayor and chief of police will thank him and give him the key to the city.

“We love to build the element of surprise into every wish, so he will have very little idea of what’s in store for him!” said Jennifer Wilson from Make-A-Wish.

The organization plans to have hundreds of volunteers assembled to cheer on Batkid. Families are also encouraged to come out and watch the action as it unfolds. The full day’s agenda, including times and exact locations, is available on the site for Make-A-Wish’s Greater Bay Area chapter.

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