Batkid was the recipient of a massive outpouring of love and support when the city of San Francisco turned into Gotham City last week and gave a 5-year-old boy battling leukemia a day to remember for the rest of his life.
Now, Batkid's parents, Nick and Natlaie Scott of Tulelake in Siskyou County, have started the "Batkid Fund" through the San Francisco 49ers Foundation to help other families with sick children. Proceeds will be donated to three organizations that helped the family during their son's three-year battle with cancer.
Their son, Miles, warmed hearts across the globe as his wish to become Batman for a day came true thanks to the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Nov. 15, and the volunteer efforts of about 12,000 people who rallied to support the boy. Miles has been in remission since the summer.
In a statement, Miles' parents' explained their intentions in a statement saying it "seems only fitting that following a day when the world demonstrated caring and compassion for Batkid ... Batkid can now help others"
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"We are eternally grateful and humbled by the outpouring of love and compassion we’ve received since Miles had his wish to be Batkid," the statement reads. "We were honored to receive many offers of gifts or assistance, but now that Miles' leukemia is in remission, we want to use this moment to draw attention to other parents who are coping with serious illness."
Donations will be shared among these three groups:
- Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.
- Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center focuses on ensuring that the people of northern California and southern Oregon receive high-quality healthcare services provided with compassion, dignity, honesty, and skill.