Florida Boy Fighting Cancer Gets to Be Superhero For 9th Birthday

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A 9-year-old Florida boy who is battling cancer was given a major surprise for his 9th birthday — the chance to become a superhero for the day.


Jaylen Hyde, 9, in his full “Striker Boy” costume, saved South Florida from a villain during an event put on by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. (Credit: CNN)

With the help of a team of volunteers and police, Jaylen Hyde was given a superhero costume and transformed into “Striker Boy,” according to CNN. His mission: save South Florida from a villain named Sneaky Pete.

Jaylen proved more than up to the challenge, arresting the villain and saving the area. After taking Sneaky Pete to jail, “Strike Boy” became the star of a news conference held for the occasion, the cable news channel reported.

“Striker Boy, how does it feel to be a hero?” a reporter asked the boy during the press event.

“Good,” he responded with a big smile on his face.

Jaylen’s mother, Dalia Rodriguez, wasn’t surprised at her son’s performance as a superhero, saying her son has repeatedly proved he’s fighter.

“We know he’s going to beat that battle, just like he was out there today fighting through the heat and all, he was going to fight that battle today, he’s going to fight this battle and beat cancer,” she said, discussing his battle with cancer.

The event was put on by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which started preparing the event more than a year ago, according to CNN.

CNN contributed to this report.

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