If the thought of a terminally ill kid doesn’t positively wreck you, run, don’t walk, to the nearest emergency room to double check that you actually have warm blood coursing through your veins.
No one should ever have to suffer unduly, but a small child? Suffering? I can’t. I just can’t.
That’s why when San Francisco literally transformed itself on Nov. 15, 2013, so that 5-year-old Miles Scott could save the city in full-on Batman style, it was like Christmas/New Year’s/Fourth of July/National Ice Cream Month all in one — but for everyone, all at once.
Miles, who is currently in remission from leukemia, wished to be a superhero for the day, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation made it come true. Twelve-thousand volunteers banded together so Miles and an adult Batman could do such activities as ride the Batmobile, rescue a damsel in distress and thwart a bank robbery led by the Riddler. He ultimately received a key to the city by the mayor, because, well, why not?
It wasn’t a small wish, but there were big reasons to make it come true. There was also a big price tag on the day — as in, $105,000 big.
The city of San Francisco had been prepared to pick up the tab, but in an act of heartwarming generosity, someone beat them to it. According to the Associated Press, philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman have taken care of the cost of renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment “to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds that turned out to see” Miles live out his Batkid fantasy in full force.
Groups that exist just to ease the suffering of children robbed of their health are about as close to God as you can get. That individuals exist to make it easier for those groups to exist? There really are no words for that amount of kindness.
Let this serve to remind all of us that a philosophy of paying it forward is perhaps the most valuable one to have on our own journeys. Besides the benefits reaped on those who need it most, the soulful reward of the givers would seemingly be almost as beneficial.
In Miles’ honor, and to honor the gift of the Goldmans, perhaps consider making a donation today to the Make-a-Wish Foundation or another organization whose sole purpose is to cheer up young, sick souls. It’s hard to imagine that there are many better causes out there.
Photo credit: Make-A-Wish Bay Area/Twitter
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