Miles is 5 years old and like all 5 year old boys he likes super heroes especially Batman. But Miles is not like other 5 year olds… he is a cancer patient suffering from Leukemia. Baruch Hashem, his father says Miles is now in remission.
I first heard about Miles, when reading the Facebook postings of old friend of mine from Hamilton Ontario, Cheryll Jutan.
Miles wanted to be Batman and Cheryll was posting about her son Mike who lives in San Francisco and his involvement to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation make Miles’s dream a reality.
And a reality it was when over 10,000 San Francisco city employees and residents volunteered to turn San Francisco into Gotham City and for a day Miles became Batkid, rescuing a damsel in distress, capturing the Riddler as he robbed a bank, and saving the city mascot from the clutches of the Penguin.
Batkid and his hero Batman had a police escort as officers on motorcycles blocked traffic and escorted the black Batmobile Lamborghini around the city.
My friend Cheryll’s son played the Penguin. Mike who is 31 and a software engineer with Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco was born in Hamilton but as a young child his family settled in London, Ontario.
When interviewed by his hometown newspaper http://metronews.ca/about/ Mike said, “I had no idea it was going to be this big.” When I was asked to do it, I thought we would just put on some costumes and romp around a playground for 10 minutes for a little kid.”
Mike has a beautiful blog called Mike Jutan.com. He has posted his thoughts and some wonderful pictures of the event. http://jutanclan.blogspot.co.il/2013/11/the-day-batkid-defeated-me-and.html
What is the Make-A-Wish Foundation? It is an organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in the United States in 1980 Make-A-Wish operates in 47 countries around the world through 36 affiliate offices.
In Israel Make-A-Wish can be contacted at: in English: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=iw&u=http://www.makeawish.org.il/&prev=/search%3Fq%3DMake%2Ba%2BWish%2BIsrael
and in Hebrew: http://www.makeawish.org.il/
or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MakeawishIL
The work Make-A-Wish does is a beautiful mitzvah. The happiness it brings to sick children and the smile on their faces is worth the thousand and thousands of dollars the dreams cost. May all the volunteers be blessed with good health.