Young Royals fan who cheered World Series run passes away from cancer
Noah Wilson, who made an indelible mark upon the world long before his loyalty and love for the Kansas City Royals turned him into a motivating force behind the team’s run to the World Series last season passed away on Tuesday after a battle with various cancer-related ailments. He was seven years old.
Wilson, diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer, was declared free of the condition following his last round of radiation treatment in mid-June. But the family learned recently that he had leukemia. He began chemotherapy on Monday.
Noah was an incredible boy,” Scott Wilson, Noah’s father, told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday. “He touched our family so deeply.”
As the Royals made their remarkable and improbable run to the World Series last fall, an online movement was started to get him to one of the games at Kauffman Stadium, something that became “a heart-warming experience we will cherish forever,” said Scott Wilson.
The online movement, initiated by a family friend, paid off, with ticket broker Stub Hub offering tickets as over $100,000 was raised on Noah’s behalf through a crowdfunding campaign. The Wilson family ultimately attended Game 2 after being invited by Joe Torre. The Wilsons also attended the World Series Gala, where they met several players and received VIP treatment. The family also received a box of memorabilia from Major League Baseball.
Noah developed a friendship with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and The Star reports the two frequently exchanged messages and tweets.
“He loved the Royals,” Scott Wilson said. “His room is decked out with Royals stuff. Eric Hosmer really touched his heart.”
Hosmer took to Twitter to mourn his little pal’s passing.
Wow it absolutely kills me to say this but RIP to my hero Noah Wilson. pic.twitter.com/51E0jS0JPz
— Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos35) July 1, 2015
The Royals also expressed their condolences regarding Noah’s death on social media.
Our hearts are broken. Thoughts and prayers to the family of our bravest little Royals fan. #TeamNoah pic.twitter.com/fdus6lbL2N
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 1, 2015
The Wilsons say they will be eternally grateful for all those who came together to help their family and how it created such wonderful moments for Noah as he soaked in everything during his World Series experience.
The family intends to root on the Royals as the team makes another run at the postseason.
“And we’re going to smile,” Scott Wilson said, “knowing Noah is watching, too.”
(top image courtesy of Scott Wilson via ABC News)