The world is a depressing place. Every time you turn on the TV you are bombarded by bad news. You see images of war, death, disease, and destruction on every major news channel. But every now and then, an inspirational story captures the public’s attention. November 15, 2013 was one of those days. That’s when we got to meet five-year-old Miles Scott, a.k.a. Batkid, a hero in every sense of the word. He has fought cancer and now he fights crime thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco.
You would be hard-pressed to find a story as heartwarming as this. A terminally-ill child wished to be a superhero, and thousands of strangers and a major city rose to the occasion, the ultimate game of make believe. San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for a day as Batkid saved damsels in distress, baseball mascots, and apprehended major villains like the Penguin and the Riddler. Thousands of strangers gathered in the streets to cheer him on, and millions more followed the live Twitter feed. The whole world was soon voicing their support for Batkid and San Francisco. Even Barrack Obama had to comment on the phenomenon.
Miles Scott may never know the significance of what he’s done. He briefly united the world and made it a better place. And that’s the sign of a true superhero. I’m so proud of my city and everyone who supported Batkid and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It’s no small feat to restore faith in humanity.
Critically Rated at 17/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young