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Miles' wish to be Batkid

“ Batkid Saves The Day! ”

Batkid Miles saves San Francisco!

When asked what he wanted for his wish back in early 2013, 5-year-old Miles took everyone by surprise when he said he wanted to be Batman. He had no idea what was in store for him when he arrived in San Francisco for his wish that November 15th. With the help of the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments, the San Francisco Giants and countless others, San Francisco turned into Gotham to help provide one brave boy the chance to forget his illness for a day. Thousands of people crowded the streets to cheer Miles on as he battled villains, thwarted crime, freed Giants’ mascot Lou Seal and earned a key to the city. The San Francisco Chronicle produced a special edition of the newspaper the day of his wish, and even President Obama and astronauts on the International Space Station were watching and sending messages of encouragement.

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. His wish also marked the end of his treatment and his mom, Natalie, said at the time, “This wish has meant closure for our family and an end to over three years of putting toxic drugs in our son’s body.”

Five Years Later—Where is He Now?

Many people ask us, “How is Miles doing?” The answer is, he’s doing great! Since his crime fighting day five years ago, Miles has returned to being a typical kid—playing little league, going to school, helping his family farm, and even selling his first market goat in the local fair! Now 10 years old and in fifth grade, Miles loves science and robotics. 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 five years. Natalie also wrote to Make-A-Wish recently to ask whether she could become a volunteer wish granter herself. Besides his parents, Natalie and Nick, Miles lives with 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 2018

Be a Hero for Other Kids

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 grantorMake a donationRefer 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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Batkid Begins—Watch the Full Story of How Miles became Batkid

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 or buy on Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes, Vudu and Red Box.

Batkid Begins

If you have additional questions about Miles’ wish to be Batkid, please refer to our FAQs section below.

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 & communications director, Linda Anderberg, at 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: 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 wishes granted by our chapter each year: approximately 400
Overall Social Impressions: 1,840,577,475 
*Numbers source: Clever

Since Miles’ wish, we have granted over 2,000 more wishes with your help! Thank you.

Miles SFbatkid Batman Saves The Day Make-A-Wish

For all media inquiries, please contact Jen Wilson at or 415.321.7388.

For all volunteer questions, please contact Daniel Marlay at or 415.402.2775.


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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



November 11, 2013 - 6:04 PM

Caroline Johnson

Faith in humanity restored :)

November 12, 2013 - 1:16 AM


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


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

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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


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


go get em buddy

November 15, 2013 - 10:46 AM


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

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

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


This makes my heart smile, that a city banded together to make a child's wish come true

March 10, 2015 - 6:41 AM


This story really touched me making me want to do something like this. I wish I had seen this but I wasn't there to wittness it. God Bless America.

March 25, 2015 - 9:55 AM

Bryant Lopez

Hey miles thank you for saving Gotham city I wish you the best buddy and God bless you and your family

March 29, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Kayle Clary

Hi milles your wish movie is great and i am just a kid

March 30, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Joshua Charleton

I am also in brazil, i wish i could've gone. :(

May 02, 2017 - 3:37 PM

Logan Kzinski

It breaks my heart to hear sad stories about all of the wish kids being diagnosed with anything severe like cancer, leukemia, kidney cancer, etc. I have praying for all of these wish children to have their wishes granted because my wish is that every child who is battling and suffering serious severe illnesses can be cured, healed and forever-free from the illnesses and diseases can all go home to their families safely before or after their wishes get granted permanently! I know how hard every fight between the wish kids against the pain must be for every child around the world, I will still continue praying for the wish children all over the world and I hope there are cures for the illnesses and diseases because God has plans and he will never leave you nor forsake you! Prayers go out to the children and families! God bless you!

June 06, 2017 - 6:12 PM


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!

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

November 01, 2017 - 11:56 AM


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 01, 2017 - 12:02 PM


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 01, 2017 - 12:03 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 01, 2017 - 12:03 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 01, 2017 - 12:06 PM

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 01, 2017 - 12:07 PM


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 01, 2017 - 12:07 PM

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 01, 2017 - 12:08 PM

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