Nov 15, 2023 - News

How San Francisco came together for Batkid 10 years ago

Photo of a young boy dressed as Batkid smiling as he runs

Dressed as Batkid, 5-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott runs the bases as part of a Make-A-Wish fulfillment at AT&T Park on Nov. 15, 2013, in San Francisco. Photo: Ramin Talaie via Getty Images

It's been a decade since 5-year-old Miles Scott transformed into Batkid and saved San Francisco from peril.

How it happened: Scott, who had battled leukemia since he was 1, had one wish: to become Batkid. On Nov. 15, 2013, Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area made his dream come true, working with Mayor Ed Lee and other city agencies to turn San Francisco into Gotham.

Details: Thousands of people came out to cheer for him as he embarked on his daylong adventure battling villains and thwarting crime.

  • He earned a key to the city after freeing San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal and received a video message from President Obama praising his deeds.

What they're saying: "To this day, Miles' wish resonates in our collective consciousness as proof of the power of one child's wish to transform an entire community and bring hope and joy that lasts a lifetime," Betsy Biern, CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, said in an update on the foundation's website.

  • Scott is now 15 and lives in a small California town near the Oregon border with his family, per the update. He has been in remission for the last 10 years.
Photo of a small boy in a Batkid costume raising his arm as he poses with SFPD officers
Miles Scott earns a key to the city of San Francisco after saving the day as Batkid 10 years ago. Photo: Trisha Leeper/WireImage via Getty Images

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