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Batkid's proud mom: Miles is a superhero

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San Francisco was getting back to normal a day after Batkid took the city by storm.

Miles Scott, 5, vanquished enemies in a San Francisco transformed into Batman’s Gotham City.

Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs lined the streets Friday for Miles, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation coordinated the adventure. 

“He likes to be a superhero,” Miles' mother Natalie, told KNTV-TV. “He is one. He beat an awful disease.”

Miles' cancer is in remission, and with the last of his chemotherapy in June, "he wanted to be Batman," Patricia Wilson, the Bay Area Make-A-Wish executive director, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

More than 230,000 tweets with the hashtag #SFBatkid were sent out by the time Batkid’s adventures had finished, according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy. More than 19,000 Instagram photos were posted by Friday afternoon.

Bystanders and viewers following along with the help of social media and live-streams swelled with pride, many tweeting the event had “restored their faith in humanity.”

“So proud of the people of San Francisco, what a beautiful thing they've done for that little boy #SFBatKid,” Twitter user Sterling said.

Many wrote that they were getting emotional watching from offices and homes across the nation.

“SOBBING! So many feels!! Miles, you are SO BRAVE!” Stefania Pomponi tweeted.

“All hopes of being productive today have gone out of the window as I follow the epic #SFbatkid events in Gotham City. Trying not to cry!,” Andy Weir wrote.

“Humans can actually be so great sometimes. #sfbatkid,” Kevin Douglas Grant sent out.

Miles' escapade was complete with donated Lamborghinis that were turned into Batmobiles, a personal call from Police Chief Greg Suhr asking for help and a live television broadcast kicking off the adventure.

“I can’t even imagine what that was like for him,” said Jessica Harris, 35, who took the day off work with her husband to dress in yellow and black and relive a little bit of childhood.

Harris was inspired to attend when she saw a post about “Gotham’s” impending doom on Facebook and sent the story around to her coworkers. They took a group photo in support of Miles, and her husband’s boss and staff were joining the revelry too, she said.

“Nobody wants to hear about a kid that’s sick, she said. “This is a chance where we can actually make a difference for the kid and come out and support him.”

Hundreds of children dressed up for the event with their families, she said, adding that people were getting misty-eyed and emotional in the streets.

“He’s just a kid and every kid wants to be a superhero. It brings out the kid in you,” she said. “Everyone is just having that happy childhood moment.”

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