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So. Fla. boy with leukemia gets to be super hero for a day

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DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Gotham may have Batman, but South Florida has a super hero of its own.

Jaylen Hyde is a 9-year old boy from Coral Springs, who like many young boys, wants to be a superhero.

However, Jaylen is a super boy with super strength. He has leukemia. The Make A Wish Foundation of South Florida was able to make Jaylen's 9th birthday special by making his wish come true.

"He's been going through leukemia for the past year. We found out last year in January, so it's been a long run but he's doing good. He's in remission right now," said Dalia Rodriguez, whose superhero son was honored.

On Friday morning, Hyde not only turned nine-years-old, but he was able to experience being a superhero for the day. He was transformed into Striker Boy and was given a mission to save the day. As Striker Boy, he had the duty to prevent the villain "Sneaky Pete" from causing trouble in South Florida.

Sneaky Pete, a mean green half alligator and half man who was on the loose in South Florida.

Hyde was given a superhero costume and his superhero powers were activated. All superheros need a super ride and Striker Boy arrived in his Strikermobile, a yellow Ferrari.

Striker Boy was busy and dealt with multiple tasks fit for a superhero at different locations throughout South Florida, along with his sidekick and brother to help him.

To start, Striker Boy had to disarm an explosive device at the Nova Southeastern soccer complex. After successfully disarming the explosive, Striker Boy flew in a helicopter and spotted a burning building.

Being the superhero that he is, Striker Boy rode in a fire truck with Davie Fire Fighters and put out the fire.

Sneaky Pete continued to cause more trouble and decided to steal a puppy from a damsel in distress, but he was no match for Striker Boy, who quickly rescued the puppy and arrested Sneaky Pete. He was later handcuffed and escorted to jail at the Broward Sheriff's Office by Striker Boy.

Residents of South Florida were very thankful for Striker Boy. "We couldn't have done it without him. Our city would be in shambles without him. He came through once again. We owe him our lives," said one resident.

The media was so impressed by Striker Boy, so he had to answer questions from the media at a press conference. Unlike Spiderman, Batman, and other superheros who keep their masks on, Hyde wasn't afraid to take his mask off and show his face to the public. A true hero who faces cancer without fear.

"He's a fighter. We knew he was going to beat that battle, just like he was out there fighting today in the heat and all. He was going to fight that battle today, and he's going to fight this battle and beat cancer," said Rodriguez of her son.

The hashtag #StrikerBoy was created by Make A Wish so that people could show their support for Hyde on social media. The day ended with a birthday celebration for Hyde at the Broward Police Department.

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