My name is Ryan Zimmerman and a little less than two years ago, I experienced first hand how powerful and positive social media can be as a tool to help others. I was lucky enough to have met an incredibly special boy, Noah Wilson. As hopefully you've heard of Noah and his story, he too spent many days and nights at Children's Mercy hospital going through treatments for Ewing's Sarcoma cancer. He took it upon his self to work to collect cool and fun bandages so that he and his fellow patients would be rewarded with something better and brighter than the boring brown ones. He knew the impact of them and how each time a child got a bandage, it marked another step in treatment and needed to be celebrated with flair and fun.
I was so inspired by Noah's story and family that I took to social media and Twitter the day after our hometown Kansas City Royals made the postseason for the first time in 29 years, back in October of 2014. I knew Noah was a Royals fan and it made perfect sense to send this boy to the World Series, somehow and some way. I started a GoFundMe, hit Twitter hard and heavy and woke up the next day to see the support of the community, Major League Baseball and news outlets everywhere. The rest is history as the Wilson family and Noah got to see our boys in blue in the World Series, all because of a few tweets and good fortune.
Seeing Noah's smile and knowing of his excitement was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. All these children go through so much each day, and are truly all heroes. What I'd like to do is try and connect them to their heroes in some facet. Maybe a phone call from their favorite athlete or a video message from their favorite singer or band. Maybe a signed photo of their favorite actor or actress. I obviously cannot guarantee any of these things, but I can guarantee that I will put forth as much effort as I possibly can to get them to notice your little hero and connect with them, in hopes of making their day just a little brighter. I've had good success with doing this for others and want to expand my reach and help more children out there. I'm doing this in honor of Noah's experiences that he had and the positive impacts they had on him. Those moments allowed him to take his mind off cancer and instead take solace in the fact that his heroes also thought of him in the same way. As a hero.
So with that being said, if this is something you'd like me to try out, I'm always here to listen and help. Please contact me via the information below to discuss your child's specific situation and their heroes and how I can try and help connect them