Thousands of on-lookers lined the sidewalks to watch and cheer for Miles as he spent the day fighting crime and protecting the streets of downtown San Francisco, which had been temporarily transformed into Gotham City. As Miles was whisked from location to location, I was following closely behind in an SUV with some other Make-A-Wish® representatives and select members of the media. We were part of the official convoy and had the opportunity to see people’s reactions as Batkid passed them by. There wasn’t a street we turned down or a block we passed that wasn’t a few rows deep with adoring fans.
The passionate community support was one of the most memorable aspects of the wish. I clearly remember driving down a street and seeing a group of construction workers in hardhats and bright colored vests running to the curbside to wave at Miles as he passed their worksite. I also remember listening to a woman who was watching the wish unfold with her two young daughters. She explained why she took her daughters out of school for the event: In her view, there was no way the lessons taught in school that day could be as meaningful and important as supporting Miles.
The generosity of the people of San Francisco who helped make the wish life-changing for Miles and his family was something I have never seen before and may never see again. I was happily reminded of that generosity and many other memorable aspects from that wonderful day when I recently watched the Batkid Begins documentary. It allowed me to re-experience the flood of positive feelings I felt on that day almost two years ago. Even if you weren’t in San Francisco on Nov. 15, you now have the opportunity to feel as if you were.
I can confidently say, it is a feeling you won’t want to miss.
You can help reignite the spirit of Batkid. Show your support by striking your best #BatkidPose and posting your picture to Twitter or your favorite social media channel. Tag it with #BatkidBegins, and you’ll be featured on the Batkid Begins Tumblr page! Learn more at wish.org/batkid.