By AXEL TURCIOS
This week the Make a Wish Foundation went further and beyond to fulfill a five-year-old boy’s dream of saving the world right next to Batman.
Miles Scott is a recovering leukemia patient who asked the charity for a memorable day assisting his favorite super hero.
Friday, the city of San Francisco, transformed into Gotham City, received the most evil villains ever imagined. But there was Batman and his Batkid ready to take action on the Batmobile.
More than 11,000 people came not only from California, but also from other states to show support to the little super hero.
The city was hit by a wave of crime all at once, requiring Batman’s and his assistant’s help. With the help of the “big guy,” Batman, Miles was able to save the day.
For the first time, since its more than 30 years of history, Make a Wish organizers say they didn’t have to request volunteers. They would come and sign up to be part of this amazing adventure in big amounts.
Even a San Francisco newspaper published a special edition announcing the big event that captured the eyes and hearts of millions.
Saving a woman taken as a hostage, tied up to cable tracks and a “bomb” and imprisoning the evil Riddler who attempted to rob a bank, were among the victories that only Batkid could achieve.
In fact, super heroes do get hungry, so they had to make a short stop to have some lunch and recharge the batteries.
But it doesn’t stop there. The legendary Penguin horrified everyone when he abducted Lou Seal, the Giants’ baseball team mascot.
This indeed mobilized the whole city in a battle between the good and evil.
Batkid! Batkid! Batkid! Screamed the enthusiastic crowd that was thirsty to see more from Miles.
As everyone was expecting, doing stunts, tricks and using intelligence, both Batman and Batkid saved Lou Seal from the Penguin’s clutches.
The five-year-old hero was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, underwent chemotherapy treatment and is now in remission.
For a moment, everyone who witnessed Miles’s victories forgot about the tragic side of the story. In fact, for many it meant hope that good things can happen during a tragically episode in life.
My question is why is it that our nation doesn’t get involved more often to promote peaceful events like this one? Why is it that violence is what conquers our hearts rather than good actions?
The answers to these questions are hard to find because we live in a nation were guns are so common and death so frequent we have become insensitive to it.
As a news media journalist, I just don’t see this story as a happy one. I see it as a heart-touching one and it has taught us all that dreams are never impossible.