Living in San Francisco, cool, fun and random things seem to happen in this city all the time. Excluding some good years in sports, few bring together an entire city.
November 15th of last year was one such day – the day that 5-year-old boy named Miles Scott became Batkid. Through Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, Miles who had spent most of his life battling leukemia (and beating it!) was able to see his wish of becoming Batkid come true. Well, not just see since he was literally running around the city fighting off bad guys and saving damsels in distress!
While I was unable to participate in Batkid since my work takes me about 25 minutes outside of the city, my social media outlets were flooded by chatter about Batkid and what was taking place. The #SFBatKid and #BatKid hashtags reached more than 1.84 billion people on Twitter and Instagram. I know a lot of my friends working in the city who took a break from their offices to cheer on Batkid.
As it turned out, instead of a few hundred people that Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area had hoped for, 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer Miles on as he saved San Francisco aka “Gotham City.” The superhero spirit blew up across the Internet as news of Batkid’s heroics reached over a billion people, including President Obama and the International Space Station!
Talk about a case of FOMO! All I could do was sit on my computer and live vicariously through friends across all social circles who were piping in on the day.
As the title of this post indicates, we can now relive that Batkid moment. Here’s how:
1) At Comic-Con in San Diego right now? On July 27 at 10:30am, there will be a Batkid panel! Dana Nachman (documentary filmmaker, KTF Films) unveils her latest project Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the overnight international phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and mastermind behind Batkid), Eric Johnston (Batkid’s adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid’s nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and VP of operations, Oracle). The panel will be moderated by Chris Taylor (deputy editor, Mashable).
2) Lend your support and learn more about the exciting new Batkid Begins documentary. Supporters of the Indiegogo campaign will get some sweet Batkid-themed swag! Batkid Begins is a sponsored project of Moving Train, Inc., a non-profit organization that funds documentary films, so contributions must be made payable to Moving Train, Inc. and are then tax-deductible (to the extent permitted by law). The IndieGogo campaign will end on August 19, 2014.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. Images courtesy of Clever Girls Collective.