With the daily news seemingly filled with Amber Alerts, stabbings and other bad things that make you really question the world around us (One of the top stories today was about a 16 year who lit another kid on fire-story here), we need all the happy stories that we can get. Although the underlying reason for turning San Francisco into Gotham City for a day has to do with a 5 year old boy dying of cancer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has put together an amazing experience that will put a smile on your face.
Miles, a brave kid battling an aggressive form of Leukemia, is a big fan of Super Heros and The Make-A-Wish Foundation has put together and experience that will make him the happiest kid alive on Friday, November 15. Hundreds of volunteers, Mayor Ed Lee, The Chief of Police and many others will be helping to set the stage for Miles to save the day as San Francisco will become Gotham City complete with Evil Super Heros who will be brought to justice by the “Batkid”
Here is the schedule of events (some, which are not very spectator friendly):
Here’s how you can participate:
- 12:45 pm: Union Square – Look on as a flashmob warns Batkid that Mr. P has kidnapped Lou Seal and see them speed away from Union Square. Please note that Union Square has the ice rink and the Christmas tree, so it’s not going to be as spectator friendly as was originally hoped.
- 2 pm: A massive celebration at City Hall at 2 pm as SF Mayor, Ed Lee, and the Police Chief present Miles with a key to the city and congratulates him on a job well done. This is the best place for spectators to come cheer as they can handle the crowds.
- 10:30 am: Watch him rescue a damsel in distress, who is tied up across the Hyde Street cable car line | Russian Hill – 1900 block of Hyde Street between Green and Union streets – Small location – We’re told it is not very spectator-friendly.
- 11 am: See him catch his nemesis as he attempts to rob a vault | Financial District – 550 Montgomery Street near Clay – Small location – We’re told it is not very spectator-friendly.
- 12:45 pm: See a villain kidnap Lou Seal and drive off being chased by Miles | Union Square – Good for spectators
- 1 pm: Watch as Batkid arrives at AT&T Park at 3rd and King side to apprehend the villain and free Lou Seal. | AT&T Park – We’re told this is not very spectator-friendly.
- 2 pm: Join in a massive celebration at City Hall at 2 pm as SF Mayor Ed Lee gives Miles the key to the city and congratulates him on a job well done. | City Hall – Polk between McAllister and Grove – Best place for spectators
From The Huffington Post:
In his battle against leukemia, five-year-old Miles finds inspiration in the strength of superheroes — Batman, in particular. Next month, all of San Francisco is getting in on a stunt that enlists Miles’ help to save the city.
On November 15, the Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation is turning San Francisco into Gotham City, and when trouble strikes that morning, the city’s police chief will call upon Miles — aka Batkid — to leap into action for a day of noble crime-fighting around town.
His first act of duty will be rescuing a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks in Nob Hill, followed by arresting the Puzzler for robbing a downtown vault. Miles will then refuel at Burger Bar directly above Union Square, but mid-lunch, he’ll get a call from the police chief directing him to look out the window. He’ll see a group of volunteers crying out for his help to save San Francisco Giants mascot, Lou Seal, who’s been kidnapped by Mr. Penguin in a convertible getaway car.
In a wild chase, Miles will free Lou Seal at AT&T Park and head to City Hall, where Mayor Ed Lee will thank him for his heroism and hand him the key to the city. Hundreds of adoring San Franciscans will be there to cheer — and most likely hold back tears.
Fans of Batman and all things utterly heartwarming are encouraged to watch and thank Batboy in action, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation has listed the times and locations at which Miles can be spotted in his acts of fearlessness.