Remember the 5-year-old with cancer who dressed up as the kiddie version of Batman in 2013 and swept through the city of San Francisco in a staged show? Well, the boy, Miles Scott from California, is not only 10 years old now, but he is also free from cancer.
Scott always wanted to be Batman. When the Make-a-Wish foundation found out about Scott’s wish at the end of his leukemia treatment, they promised to make it happen. The foundation set him up as Batman and hired some people to play the baddies in a series of staged scenes in San Francisco.
Together with his brother, who was dressed up as sidekick Robin, Scott had a blast that day; defusing a bomb, saving a damsel, and chasing an arch-villain at the AT&T Park. Media came to dub him as the Batkid.
“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,” according to KTVU.
Scott eventually was awarded the key to the city, an event attended by a whopping 20,000 people. His mother, overwhelmed at the support her son received, stated that the event gave the family some closure. Five years later, Scott is now cancer-free and the leukemia is in remission. His daily visit to the doctor has come down to just a yearly visit.
After the event in San Francisco, the Make-a-Wish foundation received numerous donations, surprising its organizers. “It was an incredibly powerful boost to our organization… Batkid was responsible for that,” Jen Wilson, a director of the foundation, said to the San Francisco Chronicle. Make-a-Wish has 60 chapters across the U.S. and grants 15,000 wishes every year to kids who suffer from critical illnesses.
A cancer surviving princess
Miles isn’t the only kid who is inspiring people with his cancer recovery. Six-year-old Lydia Smith is also in the spotlight for surviving the deadly disease. Born with a moderate hearing loss, Lydia was diagnosed with eye cancer when she was just 5 months old.
She had traveled to several hospitals throughout her life seeking treatment for her medical condition. Fortunately, she was given a clean bill of health in early November. The Kids Wish Network also came in to make her wish of being a princess come true.
Lydia not only got a princess makeover at a salon, including an Aurora dress and a new hairstyle, but the girl was in for a surprise when she returned back to her home. The organization had transformed her bedroom into a princess-themed one, with an attractive new bed and toy chest branded with her name.
“Now, it’s just kind of getting used to letting her be a kid and not letting her go under anesthesia so much anymore for eye checks, and you wouldn’t know that she had any of that. She’s just a regular kid that likes princesses and wrestling with her dad,” Kevin Smith, Lydia’s father, said to KDRV.
Lydia’s parents hope that her makeover marks the start of a new chapter in her life and that their daughter can now live a normal life like any other girl her age.