Who hasn’t heard about Batkid? Probably nobody in the U. S.. Maybe elsewhere in the world the story isn’t known – but I even doubt that!
ABC News put it this way (excerpted):
San Francisco Batkid’s little cape has created a huge wave of good feelings and donations for the Make-a-Wish foundation, the group that organized his day of heroism.
“I think when individuals learn about what Make-a-Wish does and the impact it has on a child, they can’t help but want to become involved in some way,” the organization’s national communications manager Josh deBerge told ABCNews.com today.
“First and foremost and above all is that the wish went so well,” he said. “From the execution to the interest, it was just wonderful and I think Miles had, by all accounts, a great time.”
The Make-a-Wish Foundation created an entire day catered to Miles Scott’s dream, and an estimated 13,000 people turned out to cheer him on along the way. President Obama even issued his first ever Vine on Twitter congratulating Miles.”
Make-a-Wish knew it was going to be a big day, but its sheer magnitude surprised even the foundation that grants 14,000 wishes a year.
About 27,000 children are diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition each year and the organization hopes to someday be able to reach all of them
“We grant 14,000 wishes every year so we’re granting wishes every single day across the United States. So it is important to us that as amazing as Miles’ wish experience was, we want people to know that there are other children out there that are getting their wish or waiting to get their wish and it’s a special experience for them as well,” deBerge said.
“We’re just thrilled that the story of Make-a-Wish and the impact that the wish has not only on the child but on entire communities, we’re just happy that the story is being told around the country and around the world,” he said.”Our vision is to someday grant the wish of every eligible child.”
Ironically, as this story was coming to life, I was putting together a blog post about Make a Wish Foundation’s very first child to be granted his wish. That is the story of “Bopsy”. I’ll put that story on the blog soon.