Monday, November 25, 2013

Make-A-Wish Foundation....Making Dreams Come to Life......

Miles is 5 years old and like all 5 year old boys he likes super heroes, especially Batman. But Miles is not like other 5 year olds... he is a cancer patient suffering from Leukemia. Baruch Hashem, [thank-G-D] his father says Miles is now in remission.

I first heard about Miles, when reading the Facebook postings of an old friend of mine from Hamilton, Cheryll Jutan.

Miles wanted to be Batman and Cheryll was posting about her son Mike, who lives in San Francisco and his involvement to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation make Miles’s dream a reality.

And a reality it was when over 10,000 San Francisco city employees and residents volunteered to turn San Francisco into Gotham City and for a day Miles became Batkid, rescuing a damsel in distress, capturing the Riddler as he robbed a bank, and saving the city mascot from the clutches of the Penguin.

Batkid and his hero Batman had a police escort as officers on motorcycles blocked traffic and escorted their black Batmobile Lamborghini around the city. 

My friend Cheryll’s son played the Penguin.

Mike told his hometown newspaper: “I had no idea it was going to be this big.” Mike who is 31 and a software engineer with Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco was born in Hamilton but grew up in and still has ties to London Ontario. “When I was asked to do it, I thought we would just put on some costumes and romp around a playground for 10 minutes for a little kid.”

Mike has a beautiful blog called Mike Yesterday he posted his thoughts and some wonderful pictures. Enjoy!  

What is the Make-A-Wish Foundation? It is an organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in the United States in 1980 Make-A-Wish operates in 47 countries around the world through 36 affiliate offices. In Israel Make-A-Wish can be contacted at:  
In English:

In Hebrew:  

or Facebook:

The work Make-A-Wish does is a mitzvah gadola...[a major good deed] The happiness it brings to sick children and the smiles on their faces is worth the thousands and thousands of dollars the dreams cost. May all the volunteers be blessed with good health.

This Wednesday evening, Nov. 27th /25th of Kislev, begins the eight day festival of Chanukah also known as the festival of lights. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression.

Chag Chanukah Sameach everyone!
Until next time..feel free to comment  and share.


Hadassa said...

I did enjoy Mike's blog. It's an important story. Thanks for posting!

Cheryll said...

Thank you SO MUCH for doing this Miriam ~ it is beautifully written.


Joy said...

Miriam wonderful blog! Super mitzvah by the people of San Fransisco. Three cheers for San Fransisco.


Meyer said...

I loved it. What a great thing to do. If only there were more people willing to do more things for others in need then this whole world would be a better place. This is what we were made for.


Phyllis said...

Thanks for the great blog, Miriam. My great nephew, my sister's grandson, also has acute leukemia and is 6 years old. They live in Connecticut and my nephew has been out of a job. Their son has to undergo treatment for three years and he is the bravest little boy I have ever met. And, the community, friends and family are there for them every step of the way. I wish everyone's dream comes true and that everyone who is suffering from this disease is cured.

Chaya said...

Thanks for posting, Miriam. Amazing, indeed.

Mike Jutan said...

Thank you so much for posting, Miriam. And thanks very kindly for sharing my blog -- it's an important message I really believe in and it's very kind of you to help spread the word. My very best!

Mike :)