The city of San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for a day to complete the wish of a young boy with leukemia.
12,000 volunteers turned up in the streets of San Francisco to assist in bringing to life a series of staged performances in which Batman and Batkid save the city from comic villains the Riddler and the Penguin. Make-a-Wish Foundation organized the event for Miles Scott (Batkid), a 5-year-old boy with leukemia.
Miles and a Batman impersonator drove through the city in a Lamborghini emblazoned with the bat symbol. The event involved a cable car rescue, a flash mob, a foiled bank robbery attempted by the Riddler, and the rescue of the San Francisco Giants' mascot, Lou Seal, from the Penguin.
"When you have an illness, it's very important to know you have a support system. I have an extremely strong support system, and I hope he does too. He's such a little hero." Gina Futrell, flash mob participant
Days before the citywide stunt came to pass, it was announced that Miles' cancer is in remission.
Officials at various levels of government showed support. The White House tweeted that it is "rooting" for Batkid. The U.S. Attorney's Office released a fake press release thanking Batkid for detaining the Riddler and Penguin.
As a finale to his heroic day, Miles (center) received a key to the city from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (left) during a ceremony at City Hall.
The tab for turning San Francisco into Gotham city for a day will cost the city $105,000, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. The city will pay for the costs through funds generated from money it charges conventions that use the city's Moscone Center.
A philanthropist couple, John and Marcia Goldman, will pay the city of San Francisco $105,000 to cover the cost of carrying out the day-long Batkid stunt, confirmed a spokeswoman for the Goldmans' foundation on Jan. 20.
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