KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of fans filled the Power and Light District for a Royals pep rally Monday evening. A six-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer earlier in 2014 was probably with them in spirit.
Noah Wilson had dreamt of going to the World Series to cheer on the Royals. He got his wish and was given tickets from StubHub and the MLB Network.
“This is perfect timing, the World Series is coming up and it’d be awesome to be able get him to go and enjoy the game and have a once in a lifetime experience,” Noah’s neighbor, Ryan Zimmerman, said.
Zimmerman started a Gofundme page for his neighbor that’s raised more than $10,000 to send Noah to the World Series.
“He’s a vibrant boy, he is so sweet, compassionate, and loving,” Noah’s mom, Deb Wilson said.
She said Noah was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer back in April. She says during recent visits to the hospital he talked about wanting to go to the World Series.
“He’s doing good, he’s a fighter, he’s a strong, strong boy and just really wants to help others,” she said.
Zimmerman posted about his goal all over social media. He says both StubHub and MLB called to offer tickets.
“I’m just so overwhelmed and just totally humbled and grateful,” Wilson said.
But all that money had already been raised, so the Wilson’s decided it was important to share the money with other families going through the same struggle.
“Noah’s not the only one that is experiencing cancer at a young age,” Wilson said. “We really wanted to help other families, so we’ve purchased 16 additional tickets to give to the patients and their families.”
“What originally started out as helping one, thanks to the Wilson’s generosity, there are going to be a lot more kids going from around here that too have been in the hospital,” Zimmerman said.
They chose friends they met also dealing with pediatric cancer, as well as random families they found reading about their stories on Facebook.
“Giving the families and giving us a night to remember, a lot of times when you’re in the hospital and you’re going through situations like this you give up a lot of family vacations and other things,” Wilson said. “So it was important for us to have a night to experience with the family just to feel normal again and give our children an experience they won’t forget ever.”
Noah is turning seven in one week and his family says it’s a great birthday present that the whole family will get to go to Wednesday’s Game 2 together.