When Ryan Zimmerman set out to find a way to send cancer-stricken 6-year-old Noah Wilson to the World Series, it was a modest endeavor:
He was simply looking for a pair of tickets for Noah, who suffers from Ewing sarcoma, and his dad, Scott.
But following a whirlwind past few days, in which Noah’s story has captured the attention of former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre — and sparked a wave of generosity from people all over the country — Zimmerman has been blown away.
“It’s just kept growing and growing,” said Zimmerman, 37, who works in Internet marketing.
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The whole thing started when Zimmerman, an Olathe neighbor of the Wilson family, decided shortly after the Royals swept the Orioles that getting Noah — a Royals fan who had watched much of the team’s playoff run from a hospital bed — and his father to a World Series game would be a nice gesture.
Initially, the goal was simply to raise the $1,500 or so he figured it would cost for a pair of tickets. Zimmerman took to Facebook and Twitter, detailing Noah’s situation in an attempt to drum up some support.
But it quickly caught on.
By Friday of last week, Zimmerman was conversing with representatives from the ticket-selling website StubHub, who offered to supply the family with seven tickets to a game at Kauffman Stadium. That afternoon, meanwhile, Torre reached out via Twitter, asking Noah to be a World Series guest of Major League Baseball.
A GoFundMe page Zimmerman had started also had more than $10,000 as of Monday afternoon.
The best part, though, is what the Wilsons have done with all of the generosity.
After accepting the tickets offered by Torre, the Wilsons were informed by StubHub that they could also keep the seven tickets they’d offered. What’s more, the Wilsons used the $10,000 from the GoFundMe page to purhcase an additional 16 tickets. Those, plus StubHub’s, will be given to the families of other sick children in the area.
Scott is hoping that the 23 total extra tickets will allow 10 or 11 families to attend Game 2.
“That’s what’s coolest about all this,” he said Monday. “All the donating that people did across the United States is not going to just help us, but a bunch of other families as well.”