Vox Populi

Vox Populi—the voice of the people—demonstrates the fervor of the masses to intact change. It’s a powerful force that once started, keeps on accelerating faster and faster until answers are obtained. The result of it is pure brilliance with a touch of magic…

The power of Vox Populi is clearly demonstrated in the documentary “Batkid,” which I had the opportunity to watch during my flight to India. The documentary is about how San Francisco  turned itself into Gotham City for a day.

It all started with the desire of Miles Scott, a little boy who had successfully kicked leukemia’s butt, to personify his biggest idol, Batman! Cue in Make-A-Wish Foundation. What was supposed to be a couple hour event at a small park in San Francisco with 50 people, soon became an internationally recognized event that drew almost 12,000 for an enchanted day. The city became Gotham City!

It started with one idea, which then became something a small group of people started to organize. One of these volunteers decided to write about Miles and his wish on Facebook. This post became the catalyst to this magnificent reaction. Soon afterwards, thousands of people began to help make this wish a reality. Hans Zimmer, Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, and even President Obama became involved with the event. The story went rogue both nationally and internationally. People from all over the world came to San Francisco for the sole purpose of supporting the adorable, real-life superhero, Miles. It was the perfect example of how the voice of the people had the potential to make a powerful difference in a little fighter’s life.

So at this point, you may be wondering why I am writing about some random documentary that I watched on my 14 hour flight to India. Well, it’s pretty simple. I passionately believe in the concept of Vox Populi. People have the inherent ability to fight zealously for something they strongly believe in. Vox Populi doesn’t have to be something that changes the world. If even one life is positively affected in a simple way, consider it a success!

In the near future, I will be posting about some amazing stories that demonstrate how the voice of the people can lead to positive changes for our brave little, big fighters. Until then, I leave you with this:

“Did you ever believe? Were you ever a dreamer? Ever imagine, heart open and free?” – Vox Populi by Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Dream big, fight hard, and let your voice hold strong and bold!

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Priyal Patel

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Priyal Patel graduated from the Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham with bachelors in biological sciences and minors in chemistry, lab sciences and anthropology. She then did her medical school studies at The New York Institute of Technology. She is currently in training for Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology.

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    1. Have courage, thankfulness, and patience and you will touch many.

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