9-year-old with leukemia becomes superhero for day

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Updated: 6/06 5:35 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A dream has come true for a South Florida boy with leukemia: He became a superhero for a day.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled 9-year-old Jaylen Hyde's dream to become "Striker Boy," a superhero he created. His mother, Dalia Rodriguez, managed to keep the preparations secret. She describes Jaylen as being excited and "totally geeked" about the experience.

Jaylen defused a fake bomb, got a helicopter ride, fought a fire, and arrested the green-faced Sneaky Pete for stealing a puppy. He took the villain to jail and held a news conference.

The Coral Springs boy was diagnosed in January 2013 and is in remission.

The event was similar to one held in San Francisco last year for a 5-year-old cancer patient who wanted to be "Batkid" for the day, drawing worldwide attention.

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