SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It was one year ago when Miles Scott stole the show and our hearts as Batkid as part of his Make-A-Wish dream.
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Scott was in the fight of his young life, battling leukemia from the tiny town of Tulelake. For one day, the 5-year-old was able to fight something else—crime, so he could save the world.
There was no time to waste on that day as the streets of San Francisco transformed into Gotham City as Batkid fought off villains, rescued a damsel and grabbed the headlines.
T-shirts were made celebrating his triumph, billboards praised his victory, and even months later, Batkid would throw out the first pitch at AT&T Park for the San Francisco Giants’ opening day.
This weekend marks one year since it all happened, so where is he today?
Scott’s family provided us with photos of him on his first day of school with his trusty sidekick, little brother Clayton.
They were elated to tell us his leukemia is in remission. Oh and Batkid has lost his first tooth since that day.
But what Make-A-Wish gained because of his story has been huge.
The Bay Area chapter saw a 45-percent increase in granting pending wishes, and in Sacramento there was also a jump in donations and volunteers.READ MORE: Barrage Of Bullets That Hit Stockton Homes Caught On Video
Nationwide, the group make a record-setting 14,247 wishes.
Scott’s mom and dad issued this statement this week: “We are happy to say that Miles is healthy, and we want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support you showed him that day. We hope this will result in more wishes coming true for other deserving children.”
And it has, says Michele Flyn, director of outreach for Northern California and Northern Nevada Make-A-Wish.
“Miles’ story was amazing and he’s a special little guy and he really proved to us that superheroes do exist,” he said.
But, she reminds us, for every Miles Scott that grabs the headlines, there’s another child with a life-threatening illness waiting in the wings to have their wish granted.
“We know in our chapter—37 counties—we know there is potentially about 450 children who are eligible for a wish,” she said. “We grant about 260 a year so the need is very great.”
We’ll soon be able to relive Batkid’s story on a big screen. A documentary based on that amazing day is wrapping up funding and should be out by the end of the year.
Chances are, the audience for that documentary will be huge. On the day Batkid took over San Francisco, more than 1 billion people took to social media to cheer him on.MORE NEWS: Diver Recovers Lost Wedding Ring From American River, Reunites It With Heartbroken Husband
To mark the anniversary, Miles and his family will be back in San Francisco this Saturday. They’ll hold a private celebration with some of the people who helped make that day happen.