'Batkid' turns 10! The California boy is cancer free
OAKLAND, Calif. - 'Batkid' is now 10 years old and is cancer free.
Miles Scott of Tulelake, Calif., has returned to being a typical kid—playing baseball, going to school, helping his family farm, and even selling his first market goat in the local fair, according to Jenny Wilson, spokeswoman for the Make a Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area.
Now in fifth grade, Miles has been in remission from leukemia for the past five years, Wilson said.
This week marks the fifth anniversary from when then-5-year-old Miles transformed San Francisco into Gotham City, as he donned a black suit and batwings in a wish that warmed hearts all over the world.
On Nov. 15, 2013, the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Giants, police officers, firefighters and countless others cheered on as Miles, aka 'Batkid,' battled villains, thwarted crime, and earned a key to the city. President Obama even sent out his first Vine video message to Batkid with words of encouragement. Miles' wish also inspired a full-length Warner Bros. documentary, Batkid Begins.
The Batkid dream came true after Miles was diagnosed with leukemia. When asked what he wanted for his wish, Miles took everyone by surprise when he said he wanted to be Batman.
His wish marked the end of his treatment and his mom, Natalie Scott said at the time, “This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body.”
Besides his parents, Natalie and Nick, Miles lives with his younger brother Clayton, who was dressed as Robin on the day of his wish, and his youngest brother, Ben, who was born after his wish.
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Batkid by the numbers:
People who RSVP’d to volunteer: 16,077
Estimated size of the crowd at City Hall: approximately 20,000
Number of #SFBatkid/#Batkid tweets generated: 545,576
Percent of all tweets coming from outside US: 13 percent
Number of countries where Batkid was discussed: 117
Total tweets: 555,697
Percent of all tweets that were deemed “positive”: 96 percent
Number of Instagram photos with #SFBatkid: 16,000
Number of hits per second to all Make-A-Wish websites during peak: 1,400
Number of wishes granted by our chapter each year: approximately 400
Overall Social Impressions: 1,840,577,475
Source: Make a Wish Greater Bay Area