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Philanthropists Pay Bills for SF 'Batkid' Fantasy

By: CBS News/ Associated Press Email
By: CBS News/ Associated Press Email

UPDATE: Mon 10:01 AM, Jan. 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The city of San Francisco is being rescued from paying the cost of staging the "Batkid" fantasy that captured the nation's imagination.

Philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman are picking up the city's $105,000 tab for allowing Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Northern California boy with leukemia, to fight villains and rescue a damsel in distress as a caped crusader on Nov. 15.

Maria Kong of the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation confirmed a San Francisco Chronicle report Sunday about the couple's gift.

City officials say most of the $105,000 in public funds went toward renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds that turned out to see "Batkid," who became a social media darling.

The elaborate fantasy was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 9:53 AM, Nov. 15, 2013

Video courtesy: KCBS-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco is set to turn into Gotham City, as city officials help fulfill a 5-year-old leukemia patient's wish to be "Batkid."

The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation says the boy, Miles Scott, of Tulelake, Calif., will be called into service on Friday morning by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Miles will rescue a woman from cable car tracks in Nob Hill and capture the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown bank. A flash mob will then summon him for another caper: a kidnapping involving the Penguin. He will receive the key to the city from the mayor around 2 p.m.
KGO-TV reports that Miles is now in remission.

His father, Nick Scott, tells the station he is thankful to Make-A-Wish and everyone else who made his son's wish possible.


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