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Philanthropist pays $105K bill for 'Bat Boy' adventure

Last November, a small boy dressed as Batman brought the city of San Francisco to a standstill

Posted: January 23, 2014 12:34 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2014 12:34 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — Last November, a small boy dressed as Batman brought the city of San Francisco to a standstill.
Hundreds of thousands of city spectators and TV viewers alike stood by and watched as Miles Scott, a 4-year-old cancer survivor, fought villains and rescued a damsel in distress. The real batman (or possibly an actor portraying the real Batman, but we’ll never tell) accompanied Scott and acted as a crime-fighting mentor. For most watching, it was a tear-jerking experience.

While the event warmed the hearts of thousands and brought immense joy to a little boy, the price tag for the experience wasn't cheap. According to the Los Angeles Times, the City of San Francisco planned on picking up the $105,000 tab, using funds generated from the rental of the Moscone Center. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, who organized the event, planned to pay the city back over time using donated funds.

In January, philanthropic couple John and Marcia Goldman came forward and announced they would be picking up the bill.

"We thought, 'Wait a minute. They shouldn't have to pay for such a good deed and such an amazing event,' " John Goldman told The San Francisco Chronicle.

Miles’ parents said the event was an amazing highlight in the young boy’s life. At 20 months old, the youngster was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His cancer has since gone into remission, and doctors said they hope his recovery continues to go smoothly.

"We've supported Make-A-Wish for some time," Goldman said. "What a great way to celebrate something really amazing. It brought out the best in the city and showed it to the world.

Copyright 2014 Deseret Digital Media Inc.


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