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Six-year-old cancer patient from Olathe gets tickets to the World Series

Joe Torre
Joe Torre The Associated Press

Here is the feel-good story of the weekend.

Six-year-old Noah Wilson of Olathe is currently undergoing treatment Children’s Mercy Hospital, and a neighbor started a campaign on gofundme.com to raise money to buy tickets to a World Series game.

Here is what Ryan Zimmerman wrote on the gofundme.com page:

“He’s a big Royals fan and now that they’ve made the World Series, it’s my mission to get him and his dad or family tickets to one of the games. Seeing that they’re going for $800+ a ticket online, I needed to get this going online for him. If you can help make this brave guy’s day, please help. I’m going to tweet this out like crazy, so in case something happens and some stroke of luck I get tickets for much cheaper or a donation, all proceeds will be given directly to the Wilson family to help cover hospital bills.”

As of Saturday night, the fund had swelled to more than $10,000.

On top of that, StubHub donated six tickets to game two of the World Series, which is Wednesday:

Just minutes after that news, Joe Torre tweeted that Major League Baseball was going to give Noah and his family tickets:

Torre is Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.

The fundraising continues, because the family faces enormous medical bills, as Zimmerman noted. But he was understandably pleased.

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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