Using Our Powers For Good

Using Our Powers For Good

November 18, 2013  |  Events, Local Interest

San Francisco knows how to throw a party, and I’m usually pretty good at avoiding them. Music Festivals . . . World Series and Super Bowl wins . . . Bay to Breakers races . . .? I stay home.

But when my sister and I heard that BatKid was going to save the [Gotham] City on Friday, we wanted to be there. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the story. Miles Scott is a 5-year-old boy from Tulelake, California, who has battled leukemia since he was 18 months old. He is in remission now, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked how he would like to celebrate the end of treatments. He said he wanted to be Batman. The Foundation set to work, but they could not have imagined how the idea would capture the heart of San Francisco. From the Mayor and the Police Chief, to the dedicated Foundation staff, to the thousands of supporters who lined the streets at the various action points, everyone wanted to make Miles’s wish come true — in a big, big way. We all wanted to use our powers for good.

Sally and I were part of the crowd at Union Square. There were literally thousands of us — little kids and business folk, locals and out-of-towners, some decked out in their personal bat paraphernalia and some carrying hand-lettered signs. It was simple and joyous. We all just wanted Miles to have a great day.

When someone we love is struggling or suffering, we often wish there was something we could do for themIn a strange way, this felt like that kind of something. One little kid. One wish that stood for so many. The happy ending we want for them all.

Going to something like this isn’t about seeing the main event, because you can’t. I didn’t so much as catch a glimpse of Miles. But I felt the energy. I sent the energy. It was like being part of a great big hug. It was uncomplicated and very moving, and I’m so glad we were there.

Thank you, BatKid, for saving our city. Be well.


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  1. Great story, Dorothy. It was an inspiring day that still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. I love that SF did this. And I’m so glad we could be a small part of it.

    • Me too. Many thanks to your lovely daughter for having her ear to the ground on this, all the way from Haiti. She would have loved it.

  2. Fantastic, Dorothy. You took me right there and gave me a feel for the occasion. And you did it with nary a shot of Miles, but you showed the hopes and dreams and joy and relief of humans facing overwhelming odds and celebrating the good moments.

    Great, great work!


    • Thank you so much, Brian. Your words mean a lot to me. I think Miles gave every one of us a gift on Friday, instead of the other way around. It was a truly special day.

  3. Thanks for sharing your “view” of BatKid. The people, the crowds, the support — you caught it all.

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