Boy battling leukemia saves Royals mascot Sluggerrr from evil KC Cucaracha

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Last November, the San Francisco Giants worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a dream come true for five-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia patient who wanted to play super hero for a day in the city of San Francisco. The story of "Batkid," as he became known, took the country by storm and made us all stop what we were doing to watch as he saved San Francisco from evil. That included a stop at AT&T Park to rescue Giants mascot Lou Seal, who had been kidnapped by The Penguin.

On Friday, the Kansas City Royals helped make a similar wish come true for six-year-old Isai Rojas, who turned into Muchacho de Hierro thanks to Make-A-Wish Missouri and went on his own crime-fighting spree to save the city from KC Cucaracha.

According to KCTV5, Rojas and his family started their day with a casual breakfast at Bob Evans, but Muchacho de Hierro was forced into action when KC Cucaracha stole a woman's purse. After thwarting those efforts, Muchacho de Hierro moved on to the LegoLand Discovery Center where he stopped a burglary in progress, and then he chased KC Cucaracha away from Sporting KC soccer practice before he could pose with the MLS Cup.

But the battle wasn't done there, which was fine with Isai.

"I'm ready for more," he said. "I never get tired."

Royals mascot Sluggerrr was thankful to hear those words, because KC Cucaracha's final evil deed of the day saw him capturing Sluggerrr and tying him up at Kauffman Stadium.

In a matter of minutes, Muchacho de Hierro was on scene for his final rescue.

And just as quickly KC Cucaracha's reign of terror was ended once and for all.

A job well done by Muchacho de Hierro, but there was still work to be done. The Royals had a game to play on Friday night, and he was right there participating and giving them motivation during their pre-game stretching.

An amazing day for an amazing kid who has battled leukemia since he was only 2 years old. His father says he's in good health now, requiring monthly visits to the doctor but no chemotherapy, and as we saw on Friday, his youthful energy has not been diminished in any way.

"It's amazing. You know, it's a dream for him so we're really happy that this is coming through for him," said Gustavo Rojas, Isai's dad.

It's a dream come true for young Isai, and it's a joy for all of us to experience his day with him.

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Mark Townsend

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