Remember Batkid, the 5-year-old leukemia survivor who stole the hearts of thousands when he spent a day "fighting crime" in San Francisco last week — a production that included, among other things, the rescue of San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal?
In case you forgot, here’s a recap of the young boy, Miles Scott, at AT&T Park:
Well, Batkid’s day as a superhero came with a price, as most things do, and on Thursday it was announced exactly how much the city of San Francisco spent to make Scott’s wishes come true. The cost? $105,000.
According to the Associated Press, the majority of the money "went toward renting a sound system, video screens and other equipment at the last minute to accommodate the surprisingly large crowds" that convened to watch Scott receive a chocolate key to the city.
Additionally, a spokesperson from the mayor’s office said that neither the police department nor public works office incurred any overtime expenses to accommodate Scott’s day, and the city said it also expects to recover some of the money from private donations.
Still, however, many remain upset at the amount that was spent making one kid’s day when, some argue, that money could have gone toward the betterment of several lives instead.
But here’s the thing. That money wasn’t all about Batkid. Surely, it was spent to put his day together, but the end result was an event that brought joy to everyone who was a part of it and made many, many days better.
And while $105,000 certainly is a lot, it’s also worth noting that the cash came from the same pot that is used to fund the city’s July 4th fireworks, as well as championship parades – including the Giants’ 2012 parade, which cost the city $225,000.
There will always be more worthwhile causes than there is money to fund them, and there will always be wet blankets who like to ruin everyone else’s fun.
But at the end of the day, Batkid’s crime-fighting quest was an endeavor worth funding, and the memories it generated will last a lifetime. And if that means a more low-key fireworks show next Independence Day or a shorter parade route next time the Giants win a World Series, I think I can live with that.