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'Batkid' Conquers Enemy Even Worse Than Crime - Cancer

Miles Scott tugged at heartstrings when he donned the Dark Knight's cape and cowl to protect Gotham in 2013, but his biggest victory came over the leukemia he developed at age 1. 

By Gina Tron

A boy with leukemia who tugged at heartstrings across the world when he asked to become “Batkid” is cancer-free.

Californian Miles Scott was only 5 years old in November 2013 when donned the Dark Knight's cape and cowl, answered the Bat Signal and saved Gotham, er, San Francisco.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of San Francisco officials and more than 20,000 volunteers making Miles' dream a reality through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, according to KTVU in the Bay Area. City residents lined the streets to cheer on the young caped crusader. The San Francisco Chronicle even published a special edition with the headline “Batkid Saves City.” 

"This just restores your faith in humanity," Carmen Kiew, a sports blogger who attended the gathering, told USA Today at the time.

Miles even got a key to the city from Mayor Ed Lee and some kind words from then-President Barack Obama.

But his biggest victory wasn't over the Penguin - it was over the cancer he developed at age 1.

“After fighting his own heroic battle with leukemia since he was a year old, Miles visits his oncologist once a year, and has been in remission from leukemia for the past five years,” the Make-A-Wish Foundation said in a statement, according to the New York Post.

Miles is now in the fifth grade and plays Little League. He works on his family farm and is selling his first goat at a local fair, a spokesperson for the foundation told KTVU.

[Photo: Associated Press]

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