In November 2013, 5-year-old Miles Scott became Batkid and the city of San Francisco came out by the thousands to cheer him on. That day, all of you were heroes to us. You were part of his wish and each of you who were there or who followed it online or through the media got to experience the magical power of a wish come true. Even President Obama and astronauts on the International Space Station were watching and sending encouragement.
So many of you signed up to help that we now have over 600 active volunteers working across our 17 counties. A great many of you donated to our chapter, which allowed us to grant a record setting 400 wishes in 2017. And, after seeing Miles’ wish come true, many more children were referred to us so they too could experience hope, strength and joy.
Many people ask us, “How is Miles doing?” The answer is, he’s doing great! He is now 8 years old and in third grade, he plays little league baseball, and he now has another younger brother! Miles bravely fought leukemia like so many other children do, and a wish can be an important part in their recovery. But the story goes on. Every day of the year, children around the country, from every neighborhood and background, are diagnosed with a life threatening illness. We need you to help us show them they’re heroes. Sign up to be a wish grantor. Make a donation. Refer someone you know who might qualify. You've seen the power of a wish, and you have the ability to share it. Thank you!
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If you have additional questions about Miles’ wish to be Batkid, please refer to our FAQs section below.
Miles’ story is now a major motion picture! Batkid Begins is the Warner Bros. documentary that tells the complete story of Miles’ journey from 18 month old diagnosed with leukemia to 5 year old crime fighter chasing the Penguin down the streets of San Francisco in a Batmobile and capturing the Riddler in the middle of a heist. Batkid Begins is available to rent on Netflix, Flixster, iTunes, and Red Box.
Frequently Asked Questions
Has this wish increased donations?
We were delighted by the response we got from across the Bay Area, the country and worldwide. We saw 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 the day of his wish! 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 $10,000 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 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. After the wish took place, Make-A-Wish donors John and Marcia Goldman 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 media interest in Miles’ wish, we received a significant number of interview requests immediately following his wish. We were 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 would like to remain out of the limelight. We appreciate your understanding.
Is it possible to talk to a staff person, Batman, etc?
Please contact our marketing director, Jen Wilson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-321-7388 for further information or interview requests.
How did this wish come about?
Miles was referred to us in February, 2013 and we started planning this wish in March of that year. 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 his 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 key 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.
And if you like numbers, we’ve got ‘em!
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 370
Overall Social Impressions: 1,840,577,475
*Numbers source: Clever Girls Collective
Thank you to everyone who came out to witness the magic of a wish in action and for helping Miles save the day!
For all media inquiries, please contact Jen Wilson at
For all volunteer questions, please contact Daniel Marlay at email@example.com or 415.402.2775.