Young cancer patient gets to be superhero for a day

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DAVIE, Fla. — A Florida boy with leukemia had his ninth birthday wish granted by the South Florida chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation — he got to be a superhero for a day.

Jaylen Hyde from Coral Springs, Florida has proven his super powers over the past year, fighting for his life against leukemia, according to WSVN. And, on Friday, he got to sport a cape and mask as he become “Striker Boy” for the day.

The Make A Wish Foundation enabled Hyde’s superhero transformation and gave him the mission of saving South Florida from the evil “Sneaky Pete.”

Using his Strikermobile, a yellow Ferrari, Hyde and his sidekick cruised about southern Florida battling crime.

The foundation staged a number of obstacles for Hyde and his entourage to overcome, including disarming an explosive device at the Nova Southeastern soccer complex, riding with Davie Fire Fighters to save a burning building and rescuing a puppy.

After his superhero duties were completed, Hyde answered questions from the media at a special press conference.

“He’s a fighter,” Rodriguez told WSVN. “We knew he was going to beat that battle, just like he was out there fighting today in the heat and all. He was going to fight that battle today, and he’s going to fight this battle and beat cancer.”

The day concluded with a birthday party for Hyde at the Broward Police Department.