Today #SFBatkid made headlines as 5-year-old Miles Scott celebrated the end of his battle with leukemia, taking over San Francisco as his Gotham City as 13,000 joined him. The incredible #SFBatkid adventure was made possible by Make-A-Wish Bay Area who helped make his wish to be Batman come true as many other individuals and organizations offered assistance to make the day a success. One such organization was Clever Girls Collective, a technology company and social media agency in San Francisco that offered social media help to today’s efforts.
Clever Girls Collective helped mobilize a vast network of over 6,000 social media influencers plus business contacts at companies like Twitter to take #SFBatKid to the next level. As events unfolded throughout the day, news organizations from across the country, celebrities like Val Kilmer who played Batman in the 1995 Batman Forever, musicians such as Hayley from Paramore, sports teams, politicians, and even Barack Obama jumped in to wish Miles well in his journey as the caped crusader with the President’s first-ever Vine video in the fast moving stream that chronicled today’s events.
As the young caped crusader battled the Riddler, rescued a damsel in distress, and freed beloved San Francisco Giants mascot, Lou Seal, from the Penguin, Make-A-Wish/PaulSakuma.com captured these wonderful images that are certainly worth a look. After all, It’s hard to not feel your heart swell with this story and the images as people came together from near and far to make a 5 year old’s dreams come true. And in case you were wondering, justice was served as the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Gotham Division indicted The Riddler and The Penguin for robbery, obstruction of justice, and kidnapping of Lou Seal and “tried to convert him to a Los Angeles Dodger fan.” The entire indictment is worth reading!
Five-year-old Miles Scott, from northern California is dressed in a Batman costume runs with Eric Johnston, dressed as Batman in front of City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, November 15, 2013. Miles, whose wish was to be Batman embarked on a series of crime-solving adventures when San Francisco became “Gotham City” as part of a Make-A-Wish event. He recently won his battle against leukemia and is now in remission.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family.
Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2013 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
And for even more photo awesome, what started out as a few friends posting pictures to Facebook in support of Miles swelled in likes from 500 to over 11,000. Visit the Batkid Photo Project Facebook page to check out all the great images.
UPDATED 11/18- Jezebel shared an incredible video from the day that features Make-a-Wish and shares how Miles’ dream became a reality and how it was something the 5 year old looked forward to as he was sick.
Images courtesy of Make-A-Wish/PaulSakuma.com. No compensation was received for this post although I used to work with Clever Girls Collective and couldn’t be more proud of their efforts today!