Batkid, the story – part three
This story is the three in a four part series about the Make-A-Wish event for Batkid in San Francisco.
Batkid was the word on everyone’s lips Friday as thousands came to cheer him on and watch him fight crime in San Francisco. Street by street, block by block, sirens from police motorcycles announced the arrival of Batkid and Batman in their Batman emblazoned Lamborghini Batmobiles. For those not on the street, it was still hard not to learn of him with all of the coverage in newspaper, radio and TV.
When staff from the children’s hospital asked Miles what he would like for a wish, the 5-year-old boy with Leukemia answered Batman. A series of phone calls proceeded and the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation got things rolling.
People came to support Miles and help make his day as he rescued a damsel in distress on cable car tracks, busted The Riddler inside a former bank and caught the Penguin at AT&T Park. Huge crowds gathered both at Union Square and Civic Center Plaza had the largest crowd with attendance estimated to be over 10,000 enthusiastic fans.
Outside of men’s clothing store Wingtip which was the original Bank of Italy was Sacha Kowalewski and Ashley Wang who drove down from UC Davis for the day. “I took the day off class, I knew it was going to be really exciting, I had to come see this once in a lifetime thing,” Kowalewski said.
Also outside of Wingtip where Batkid caught The Riddler was a thrilled Logan DeMott, 7 of San Francisco. “Batman is one of my favorite superheroes and he is really cool, awesome.”
Manika Caterline came from across the bay in Fremont. “I thought it was really cool to see this kind of sea of humanity and love coming out for a kid that not everybody knows. So it was really cool to make a wish come true. I figured it was going to be big but not world series parade big,” she said.
Some took a late lunch and joined the masses at Union Square to show their thanks to Batkid. Lizzie Yarbrough and Margaret Farrell who had support from their bosses. “They moved a company-wide meeting back so we could come see it. I think this is the most wonderful thing in the world, it’s such a great act of humanity in the fact that people flew in from all over the country just to be a part of making this day special for this little boy. My mid is blown, really,” Yarbrough said.
Robert Plate was in Union Square holding one of the special edition Chronicles announcing Batman saves city. Plate was on vacation from Paraguay. He found out about the event from his uncle Roberto in San Francisco. “I was amazed and surprised by this beautiful show of support,” he said.
At the biggest gathering at Civic Center Plaza Denise Aptekar watched with nine other workers from oDesk during a team building day. “We planted trees this morning with Urban Forest, now we’re here to celebrate Miles and his victory after three years of fighting Leukemia and then we’re going to get foot massages,” Aptekar said.
“There’s a lot of bad things that happen in the world and when something good happens, it’s important to celebrate it,” she said. Something good definitely happened in San Francisco Friday and people around the world smiled.