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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A 9-year old Leukemia patient saved South Florida for a day as part of his lifetime wish of becoming a superhero.

Superhero Jaylen Hyde took to the skies and streets of Broward County on Friday, June 6th as “Striker Boy” who fought to take down resident bad guy “Sneaky Pete” while in his stylish Lamborghini called “Strikemobile.”

(Source: Twitter/Make-A-Wish So Fla)

(Source: Twitter/Make-A-Wish So Fla)

“Striker Boy” started off his day with his sidekick (and brother) Falcon Boy in tow. He traveled to Nova Southeastern University to disarm an explosive device and save a crowd at a soccer game.

After, the grateful crowd waved good-bye and “Striker Boy” lifted off in a helicopter.

He then joined firefighters on a fire truck to his next challenge. Striker Boy led a brigade of fire fighters in putting out a fire.

Click here to watch MaryAnn Martinez’s report. 

Before the little super hero could take a break, his crime-fighting services were needed again.

A damsel in distress lost her puppy. It was stolen by none other than “Striker Boy’s” arch nemesis, “Sneaky Pete.” Within seconds, the biggest threat to puppies in custody.

One last task remained for “Striker Boy.” He turned the bad guy over to the sheriff.

A long day of crime-fighting deserved a celebration.

Hyde re-fueled and re-energized with food from TooJay’s at a party at the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

After a day of saving the world, striker boy reveals his true identity and very real issues. Hyde  has been coping with leukemia for the past year. With the help of the Make-A-Wish foundation , he lived out his dream of becoming “striker boy.”

It’s a name he based on his love of soccer.

“If you make a goal, some people say striker.,” said Hyde.

Jaylen not only lived out every little boy’s dream, he also turned nine. It’s a day his mom, Dalia Rodriguez, knows he’ll never forget.

“Trying to hide the tears….tears of joy,” said Rodriguez as she wiped her eyes. “I’m happy for him.”

Rodriguez says Jaylen’s cancer is in remission now, but he’s still in treatment.

“He’s a fighter. We knew he was going to beat that battle, just like we’re fighting today, through the heat and all. He’s going to fight that battle today. He’s going to fight that battle and beat cancer,” said Rodriguez.

Although he can’t wear the cape and suit forever, Hyde has already shown he is strong and brave.

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