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Miles' wish to be Batkid

“Batkid Saves The Day!”

Batkid Miles saves San Francisco!

With the continued media coverage around Miles’ wish to be Batkid, we thought it would be helpful to share these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Thank you so much for being part of this wonderful experience shared by so many around the world!

Has this wish increased donations?

We have been delighted by the response we’ve gotten from across the Bay Area, the country and worldwide. We have seen an increase in offers of help across all areas, including donations, volunteers, referrals and other services. In fact, the volume of traffic on our servers caused our system-wide websites to go down for several hours on Friday. But Miles’ wish to be Batkid was not a fundraising event and we do not have numbers to share.

How much did this wish cost?
This wish would never have been possible without the assistance of countless individuals, businesses, and city services. It is not our practice to share the costs associated with specific wishes, but the average wish cost is $7,500 and we have never turned a child away or put them on a waiting list for lack of funding. 

What did it cost the mayor’s office?
When the event grew from a few hundred people on the steps of City Hall to what would obviously become a 20,000+ crowd and an event that would be broadcast to the world, a different set up was required quickly. The mayor’s office worked closely with Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area to successfully co-host the Civic Center public viewing event and since the wish took place, Make-A-Wish donors John and Marcia Goldman have stepped forward to cover the entire cost to the city. Miles brought smiles and hope to children living with life threatening medical conditions in San Francisco and all over the world. San Francisco is proud to have been a part of this once in a lifetime event.

Is it possible to talk to Miles or his family?
Due to the exceptionally high interest in Miles’ wish to be Batkid, we have received a significant number of interview requests. We are truly awestruck by the response to Miles' wish from the people of San Francisco (and beyond) and the media. It was an exhilarating day for Miles and his family, but they are ready to spend their time out of the limelight for a while. For that reason, we ask that you submit any requests for an interview in writing to batkid@sfwish.org. 

Is it possible to talk to a staff person, Batman, etc?
For all interview requests, please send a message to batkid@sfwish.org with any pertinent details. For any inquiries about this event's social media strategy or execution, please contact Clever Girls info@clevergirlscollective.com.

How did this wish come about?
Miles was referred to us in February, 2013 and we started planning this wish in March. We began by talking to the Chief of Police and the Mayor’s Office. Both were immediately willing to help and very enthusiastic. Next we located two batmobiles, contacted Eric Johnston, who played Batman, and talked in more detail with the family to find out what Miles liked most about Batman. We also took into consideration his age and what time of year would be best for him, in terms of his treatment schedule. We decided on a date in mid-November since we knew he would be done by treatment then, and because it worked best for the parents’ work schedule. 

How did this become such a public wish?
We rarely have opportunities for the public to participate in a wish, but we knew this wish offered that. We planned to invite volunteers and donors to join us for a ceremony at City Hall where Miles would receive the keys to the city from Mayor Ed Lee, and hoped to have approximately 200-300 in attendance based on our experience with previous public wishes.  Through the power of social media and the internet, this request was publicized widely and went viral. 


By the Numbers:

People who RSVP’d to volunteer via our website: 16,077
Estimated size of the crowd at City Hall: approximately 20,000
Number of #SFBatkid/#Batkid tweets generated (through Sunday 11/17): 545,576
% of all tweets coming from outside US: 13%
Number of countries where Batkid was discussed: 117
Total tweets: 555,697
% of all tweets that were deemed “positive”: 96%
Total Twitter Potential Reach: 777,453,544
Total Twitter Potential Impressions: 1,816,783,718
Number of Instagram photos with #SFBatkid: 16,000
Total Instagram potential reach: 19.5 million
Total Instagram potential impressions: 23.6 million
Number of hits per second to all Make-A-Wish websites during peak: 1,400
Number of staff in the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area office: 23 full time; 4 part time
Number of wishes granted by our chapter each year: approximately 350
Overall Social Impressions: 1,840,577,475 
*Numbers source: Clever Girls Collective

Batkid T-shirts are available again!  Order yours today 

Thank you to everyone who came out to witness the magic of a wish in action and for helping Miles save the day!
Miles SFbatkid Batman Saves The Day Make-A-Wish

For all media inquiries, please contact Jen Wilson at ongxvq@fsjvfu.bet or 415.321.7388

For all volunteer questions, please contact Daniel Marlay at qzneynl@fsjvfu.bet or 415.402.2775.


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29 Comments

William Hyatt Gordon

You are the man on so many levels - Miles! I love your zest for life! I am routing for you as a crime fighter, cause you are already my hero buddy!

November 08, 2013 - 7:46 AM

Mike

Amazing.

November 11, 2013 - 6:04 PM

Caroline Johnson

Faith in humanity restored :)

November 12, 2013 - 1:16 AM

William

I'm from Brazil and unfortunately I can not attend but would like to leave all my positive energy to the small Batkid, and say that the world feels safer with Batkid the streets ..... comfort to leave my parents and I hope they find a solution to cure the little Miles, and wish you all the happiness in the world for Family and Friends!!!!
William Faria - São José dos Campos / São Paulo-Brazil

November 12, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Rita Meyer

Muito linda esta estória! Emocionante! Vou torcer muito por ele desde o Brasil!

November 12, 2013 - 1:48 PM

Martha Moore

Oh how I still lived in the Bay Area - I would love to be a part of this. My best wishes and heartfelt prayers for Miles and his family! Way to go, Batkid!

November 12, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Pamela

truly inspired by #sfbatkid all the way from London, England. Make it a memorable day Miles! You're the real superhero for all of us!

November 14, 2013 - 9:07 AM

Karlene and Woody Hyer

You will be an awesome batkid, Miles!!! Enjoy your special day :)

November 14, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Lori Horton

Such a cute little kid with such a big ugly disease! Good luck to you being "Batkid" and for fighting that cancer!!! Just adorable

November 14, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Erin Tarleton

You are one lucky kid, Miles! Enjoy your special day.

November 14, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Allison Clark

AWESOME!

November 15, 2013 - 8:55 AM

Terry Cheung

Go Miles! Sell the 'batkid' tshirts to raise more money!! I'd pay $30 for that thing! So awesome #sfbatkid

November 15, 2013 - 9:07 AM

Jane Fink

I think it is great that Batkid is going to save Gotham SF! Go Batkid! Come on over to Berkeley!

November 15, 2013 - 9:42 AM

Alecia M

I would love to be in SF right now. This is going to be an amazing experience for this strong little boy! Go Miles! We are cheering for you from CO. Children really bring out the best in people!

November 15, 2013 - 9:50 AM

Krystal

This has to be the greatest thing any human being can do let alone a whole city. I wish I could be down there to participate in something so inspiring. Bless Bat kid for getting a city and community together.

November 15, 2013 - 10:30 AM

randy

go get em buddy

November 15, 2013 - 10:46 AM

JAMES BONANDER

hello,you sent my son and family to disneyland years ago,my sons name was miles,,he was five years old,he also had leukemia,,i hope he has a fantastic day,!!!

November 15, 2013 - 10:47 AM

Maureen Phillips

Thank you Bat kid! I will much safer when I visit San Fransisco. Nothing can stop you! Get that Penguin!

Thank you Make-A-Wish as the parent of a child fighting Leukemia I know what this and many children are going through.

November 15, 2013 - 10:50 AM

The Carvajal Family

Thank you Make-A-Wish Foundation for all the good you do! Thank you Miles for inspiring and saving San Francisco! Our love and prayers are with you and family. Hugs!

November 15, 2013 - 11:05 AM

Sheer RLSH

Batkid is the new standard in hero work. Great job!

November 15, 2013 - 9:25 PM

Victoria Beall

My family is largely diagnosed with cancer. This young man is a true fighter.

November 15, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Jessica

Just wanted to congratulate BatKid (and his secret identiy Miles) as well as the staff from Make A Wish and the amazing volunteers for everything you did on the 15/11/13. With great admiration & respect, Jess from Australia.

November 16, 2013 - 4:13 AM

Eddie Brown

This story made my partner Thom and I cry. It is so wonderful to see what humanity can do. Thank you. Lots of love, Eddie from Los Angeles

November 16, 2013 - 8:02 AM

Mike Bliss

I am always amazed by the human spirit and it's ever present gleam of hope and inspiration within the lives of little ones such as Miles. How we can learn a lesson from them, and be reminded of the human condition and how nothing, not even sickness or evilness can break it. Good on you little one. I salute you. Thank you for the humbling lesson, and the example of courage that you are.

November 16, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Laurie Lindsey

I am DELIGHTED to say that my son and I were THERE at City Hall when Bat Kid Arrived and received his awards!!! HOLY TOLEDO BAT KID, what a WONDERFUL DAY! Saying it was AMAZING doesn't even come close! I am grateful we could be there!!! Bat Kid-- YOU ROCK!!! Love to you and your family!

November 16, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Virginia Castle

Miles' experience and wish impacted so many lives, positively. Such a sweet angel and if M-A-W created a book, short story, or article with his batkid photo, I would happily support buying a copy to assist in reducing the cost to S.F.'s costs for the event day. Bless all involved who dared to let themselves BE that child with Miles, for a day!

November 20, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Morgan

I literally cannot read/watch/talk about this story without getting immediately choked up. This was one of the most magical days I've ever experienced in San Francisco. The Make-A-Wish Foundation did such an incredible job. I know that it was a day that none of us, especially little Miles, will ever forget :)

November 21, 2013 - 1:08 PM

Cathy

Read in the Chicago Sun Times about this - happy to help defray the cost! Batman was my hero when I was a kid, too.

November 21, 2013 - 7:02 PM

Janine

This wonderful story made it all around the world into the German English public school system. One of the English school book publisher in Germany has a special on this!
http://www.cornelsen.de/home/katalog/akd/1.c.3295312.de/back_link/search

How wonderful to spread this around the globe and teach our future!

December 07, 2013 - 10:23 AM

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