Wish made possible with support from Greek life
EUGENE, Ore. -- With the help of some University of Oregon students, a 7-year-old Eugene boy is going to Disneyworld on March 3 as a part of the Make a Wish Foundation.
On Sunday, Landen Stiner celebrated achieving his wish at an Oregon Duck baseball game Sunday. He got to throw the first pitch of the game.
"We practiced before and his uncle came and practiced with him and threw the ball around with a few of us," said Landen's mother Mikco.
Two years ago Landen was diagnosed with lukemia. Since that time the boy has undergone chemotherapy.
"He's been battling with that. He has responded really well to everything and he is getting better every day," Stiner said.
As a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Landen will soon be taking a trip to Disneyworld.
The Sigma Chi Fraternity was able to make Landen's wish come true with their Derby Days event.
Several sororities compete in series of week long competitions to win a championship. Last year they raised $30,000 for the Make a Wish foundation and this year they are hoping to do $35,000.
"It is great to see a video and that is really inspiring but when you actually get to meet a kid and his family and see how the money you are raising affects them is really powerful," Crowley Hanlon with Sigma Chi said.
At Sunday's celebration, sorority and fraternity members gave Landen gifts. His mother says the outpouring of support from complete strangers is overwhelming.
"It is really awesome for people to do what they are doing," Stiner said. "They take the time for somebody that they don't even know and make a difference in peoples lives."