Kaheem's Superhero Wish: Maryland boy gets superhero wish for DC wish day


He’s only 5, but Kaheem has already proven he’s a fighter.  He’s still battling leukemia, but today, this Maryland boy lived out his wildest dreams.

With some help from “The Superhero Council,” Kaheem’s wish to be a superhero is came true. FOX 5 DC partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to make it happen—and we’ve got plenty of help from around the nation’s capital area.

With the help of local law enforcement, “Super Kaheem” felt like a real superhero, and he spent the day fighting bad guys of all kinds on an adventure that took him across the city.  At each stop along the way, Kaheem had a mission, and used his new superhero powers to help in the fight for good.

At 8:30 a.m. he was asked to help save D.C., see his adorable reaction below:

At 9:00 a.m. Kaheem arrived to the FOX 5 station on a Montgomery County fire truck, he came inside and was greeted by his favorite superheros and our FOX 5 talent. 

At 9:45 a.m. Kaheem started to make his way to National Harbor where Santa wass STUCK on the Ferris Wheel and needed Kaheem to save him.

At 10:45 a.m. Kaheem completed MISSION #1! He saved Santa from the National Harbor Ferris Wheel with Tucker as his sidekick! Watch it all unfold below:

From the Nation Harbor he headed to the US Capitol, and received a special message from Speaker Paul Ryan. Watch below:

Since all superheros need a little down time, Kaheem took a nap, but was then energized to head out on his next mission - to capture the Grinch and stop him from stealing all the presents at the National Theater!

Kaheem's FINAL mission ended at the Newseum where he rescued the D.C. sports mascots from the second floor balcony! Thank you Kaheem for saving D.C.!

He had a busy schedule—but thank you for following along live! All day long we had Kaheem on FOX 5 News Morning, Good Day DC and FOX 5 News at 5. We also stream Kaheem’s special day live on fox5dc.com, the FOX 5 DC app, and the FOX 5 DC Facebook page - so be sure to go check out the posts if you missed them while they were live!

You can also follow along on social media, and post about his adventure using the hashtag #KaheemSavesDC to spread the word about this special little boy’s magical adventure.  We’ll be posting about it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat!

Don’t forget to post your photos and well-wishes for Kaheem on our social media pages, or tag us—and use the hashtag #KaheemSavesDC:
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Kaheem’s incredible day wouldn’t be possible without these law enforcement agencies: Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, Prince George’s County Fire & EMS, DC Fire and EMS, United States Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Thanks to all of these agencies for donating their time to make a little boy’s dream come true.


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.

To make a donation, click here for a special link to Kaheem's Wish Day page!

 You can also call our wish day phone bank, which will be open from all day long starting at 9 am. To donate by phone, call (202) 895-3307!

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!

More information:

Season of Wishes website

Follow Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic on social media:

Facebook: Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic

Twitter: @WishMidAtlantic

Instagram: @makeawishmidatlantic

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