SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Exactly one decade ago, 5-year-old Miles Scott transformed into “Batkid,” saved the City of San Francisco through Make-A-Wish, and endeared countless news viewers.
Today, Miles is a teenager, plays football, and is living a happy life with his family in a small Oregon town, according to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
“Miles remains cancer free. After fighting his own heroic battle with leukemia since he was a year old, Miles visits his oncologist once a year, and has been in remission from leukemia for the past 10 years,” Make-A-Wish wrote.
Miles, 15, lives with his parents, Nick and Natalie; his younger brother Clayton (who was dressed as Robin on the day of his wish); and his youngest brother, Ben, who was born after his wish.
Miles said, “I’m doing amazing. I would love to just say like ‘yeah, I’m fine.'” Reflecting on his battle with cancer and his wish experience, he said, “I feel normal, but every time I think about it, it’s like, ‘Wow, that actually happened.'”
“To this day, Miles’ wish resonates in our collective consciousness as proof of the power of one child’s wish to transform an entire community and bring hope and joy that lasts a lifetime,” said Betsy Biern, CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
“Additionally, Make-A-Wish saw a marked increase in referrals following this wish, meaning more children with critical illnesses received life-changing wishes thanks to Batkid. And that’s truly heroic,” Biern said.
Miles’ wish happened on November 15, 2013. With help from then-Mayor Ed Lee, the police and fire departments, the San Francisco Giants, volunteers, and countless others, San Francisco transformed into Gotham. Thousands of people crowded the streets to cheer Miles on. The beloved “Batkid” battled villains, thwarted crime, freed San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal, and earned a key to the city.
Miles no longer fits in the Batkid costume, but his younger brother wore it last Halloween.
The teenager formerly known as “Batkid” plays football on his high school team. For his wish, he was driven around in the Batmobile. Today, he drives a tractor helping out on his family’s farm.
Miles loved all superheroes as a young child. How did he pick Batman?
Reflecting, the cancer survivor said, “Batman never really fades away. He’s always coming back. He doesn’t have … any superpowers, but he’s still going out there and saving people. That’s what I like about him. He gives people hope without any superpowers.”
Miles said his day as “Batkid” brought hope “to more than just a couple people. It wasn’t just about me on that day, I think.”
His mom, Natalie, has become a volunteer wish granter for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. She said, “I just wanted to be able to help other kids and their families have some sort of positive ending to their story, or to start their new beginning.”
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1984, the nonprofit has granted more than 9,000 wishes in its territory from Monterey County to the Oregon border. “Make-A-Wish aims to bring the power of wishing to every child with a critical illness because wish experiences can help improve emotional and physical health,” the nonprofit wrote.