Philanthropists pay $105,000 cost of SF 'Batkid' fantasy for 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott

SAN FRANCISCO - The city of San Francisco is being rescued from paying the cost of staging the "Batkid" fantasy that captured the nation's imagination.

Philanthropists John and Marcia Goldman are picking up the city's $105,000 tab for allowing Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Northern California boy with leukemia, to fight villains and rescue a damsel in distress as a caped crusader on Nov. 15.

The Goldmans read about soaring cost of the elaborate Batkid fantasy in the San Francisco Chronicle and decided to used their foundation to cover the bill.

"When we read in your column how the Make-A-Wish Foundation was trying to raise the money to pay back the city for the setup and public safety costs surrounding the event, 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 Chronicle.

Goldman said the donation was his wife's idea.

"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."

City officials say most of the $105,000 in public funds went toward renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds that turned out to see "Batkid," who became a social media darling.

The fantasy was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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