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Cancer-Stricken Kids Promised Free Trip to Disneyland

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LAS VEGAS - An Ohio man is promising to pay for a group of cancer-stricken children from Las Vegas to go to Disneyland.

The donation stems from his non-profit organization Because I Said I Would, which is dedicated to charitable projects that benefit health, education and the betterment of humanity.

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Last week, employees for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada checked their mail and received promises for 20 free trips to Disneyland.

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Hours after the promises arrived, pictures surfaced on social media sites and exploded in popularity.

"I'm like what is happening? That afternoon, it hit the social media, and we received donations from all over the country. It was amazing. I think, so far, the count is over 150 donations, about four thousand dollars," said Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada Executive Director Melissa Cipriano.

The organization is going to use those donations to allow more children to go to the theme park.

The man behind Because I Said I Would is Alex Sheen of Ohio. He says he never heard of Candlelighters until he was looking for a group to help.

He started delivering promise cards to people in all 50 states and other countries as a way to honor his father who passed away last year. Sheen says his father "always kept his word."

Sheen plans to keep his promise to the kids at Candlelighters.

"I promised (Development Coordinator) Kelly (Webb) and those children that I would send them to Disneyland, and I promised that if I could not raise that money by March 21st, that I would pay for the tickets myself," he said.

His plan is to raise money for the 20 tickets and pay any other expenses out of his own pocket.

As of March 6, he says he has collected much more than he ever expected. He plans to deliver the tickets and an additional surprise to the children and their families in two weeks.

Sheen says all of the popularity his project has gotten stems from this story going viral online. He's directing all donations to Candlelighters.

That money is being spent on buses and necessary items to bring as many kids and families as possible to Disneyland.

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