A Maryland 5-year-old who is battling leukemia had the time of his life on Friday, fighting on this day for good and reminding us all what really matters. Kaheem, who is now better known as 'Super Kaheem', spent a very special day battling the "bad guys" around the nation's capital in a wish day that he-- and the thousands of people who cheered him on along the way-- won't soon forget.
Kaheem's wish was to be a superhero, and FOX 5 DC partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to make it happen. With the help of many law enforcement agencies and generous supporters around the DC area, Kaheem's wish came true-- and the smile on his face was absolutely everything.
He started his day at the Bethesda Hyatt, where he was called upon by the Superhero Council to save DC from bad guys, a challenge he was happy to accept. Kaheem then hopped in a fire truck and hitched a ride to FOX 5, where he was transformed into a real superhero-- Super Kaheem! Then, he drank a special potion to give him the superhero powers he needed to save the day.
Kaheem's adventure took him to National Harbor, where he saved Santa-- who was stuck at the top of the Capital Wheel.
He then rode a boat across the river, eventually making his way to the U.S. Capitol for another clue.
Kaheem was called to the speaker's office-- Speaker Paul Ryan, that is-- where he watched a special video from Speaker Ryan himself, and then helped find a missing flag!
After some refueling (pizza) and a little nap, Kaheem was on to his next task. He saved Christmas from The Grinch at the National Theatre.
Then on his final mission of the day, he saved a few D.C.'s sports mascots after they were somehow tied up on top of the Newseum.
Through all the stops and surprises, Kaheem was always smiling. On social media, his fans followed #KaheemSavesDC, many with tissues in hand.
Thanks to the following businesses and agencies who took part in making Kaheem's wish day a reality:
The Capital Wheel, The United States Capitol, The St. Regis, The Hyatt Bethesda, The National Theatre, The Newseum, DC United, The Washington Capitals,The Washington Nationals, Customlink, Signarama, Herron Printing & Graphics, Arena Graphics, Papa John's Pizza, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, Prince George’s County Fire & EMS, DC Fire and EMS, United States Capitol Police, Metropolitan Police Department, The Peterson Companies, The Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, U.S. Secret Service, The Willard InterContinental Hotel, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, myfaceonafigure.com, Chef Demetrio Zavala, Caroline Jurney & carolinesdesigns.net and Foundation 4 Heroes.
WISH DAY DONATIONS!
Kaheem’s wish day is a perfect day for YOU to make a difference in the lives of other kids who are also waiting for their wishes. On Kaheem’s special day, Friday, December 16 ONLY, all donations that are made to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic will be MATCHED by an anonymous donor-- up to $300,000! FOX 5 viewers have a chance to make a REAL difference on this day.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: SEASON OF WISHES
Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic needs your help to make more wishes come true! FOX 5 has partnered with them for this year's Season of Wishes, and there are several ways you can help:
DONATE MONEY: Of course, donations are needed to keep the wishes coming. Click here for a link to make a donation to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic's Season of Wishes campaign.
DONATE AIRLINE MILES: Wish kids and their families often need transportation to make their wishes come true, and if you've got airline miles to spare, you can help. Click here for more info on how to help!
Note: All donations to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic stay local!
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