Just in: Bat Kid in San Francisco is a great reminder to start Holiday season with a big heart

November 17, 2013 adrienne shubin

Bat Kid in San Francisco

I had the privilege of being in the right place at the right time yesterday. A planned holiday shopping overnighter to San Francisco with two other bloggers turned into an opportunity to see how large people’s hearts really are. And how a city can make inconvenient sacrifices for no other reason than because it’s the kind thing to do.

During breakfast at our hotel, we found out from the staff that Miles Scott, now known throughout the world as “Bat Kid” would be in the area later in the day. If you haven’t heard about Miles, he is a 5-year-old boy who has bravely battled leukemia since he was 18-months old, but is now thankfully in remission. Miles’s wish of saving Gotham City from both Riddler and the Penguin happened due to the generosity of Make-A-Wish Foundation and the City of San Francisco.

Big Crowd for Bat Kid

After breakfast, we made our way a couple of blocks to Union Square. We noticed an enormous crowd had gathered around the square, many dressed in Batman gear, holding signs and cheering. Major streets had been blocked off, helicopters hovered in the sky overhead and police officers were everywhere, their bikes decorated with the Batman insignia and words of encouragement for Miles.

 

Bat Kid - San Francisco police officers

This is Miles getting out of one of two Batmobile Lamborghinis and into the arms of his sidekick for the day, Robin in the red and green superhero outfit. Thankfully, my friend, Kim was able to capture this special moment.

 

Bat Kid and Robin

There were an estimated 12,000 onlookers, cheerers, and Bat Kid supporters who traveled from all over the Bay Area yesterday to witness Miles live his dream. Although I didn’t come specifically to see Miles make his wish come true, I quickly got caught up in the emotions and the strong spirit of altruism, as I am certain many others did, too.

Bat Kid's Batmobile

Thanks to prior promotion on social media, word about Bat Kid went far beyond the Bay Area. Even President Obama and the First Lady got in on the fun by sending out messages to Miles.

There is no doubt that Miles and his family benefitted greatly from this event. Their lasting memories will be priceless to them throughout their lives. But we all benefitted, even those who weren’t physically in attendance as I was. That people – mostly strangers to Miles and his family – came together to support one little boy and his dream confirms what I have always suspected about most of us: that we have big hearts. That we are giving. And that we delight in seeing others wishes come true.

What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season with this example of the kindness of people. I am so thankful I had the experience of witnessing such a joyous event.

Holidays in Union Square, San Francisco

 

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Adrienne Shubin of the The Rich Life (on a budget) blog lives in the beautiful Sonoma wine country in northern California with her fire chief husband, three great step-kids and four pups. Besides writing her blog and a feature for Skimbaco, she volunteers with the elderly and works at a well-known winery. The Rich Life (on a budget) highlights her experiences, thoughts, things and people that make her life rich including travel, fashion, beauty and more. Adrienne strives to live each day as richly as possible and wants to show you how you can live your rich life, too. Connect with Adrienne on Facebook.

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  1. Loved this post. You are so right Adrienne. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season by witnessing the kindness and generosity of so many. The outpouring of love for this little guy was very moving. How lucky we were to be a part of this! I’ll never forget that day. It does remind you that people are truly good.

    Thanks for sharing!
    xKim

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