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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Former Kansas City Royals great Willie Wilson had to give up his World Series ring when he declared bankruptcy.

Now his family, friends and fans are working to get it back.  They're using Twitter and Facebook to raise money for the ring.

Although they are asking for the money in a public way, they want everyone to stay quiet about it.

It's no secret Wilson is a Royals wonder.  He helped bring a World Series title to Kansas City in 1985.

And there is no secret that he lost everything in 2000 when he filed for bankruptcy.  The court ordered his World Series ring be auctioned.  It sold for $16,000.

Helen Mohr, Wilson's his event planner, said he has put that painful past behind him, but he has never forgotten his ring.

"He talks about how honored he was to wear the ring and when the court ordered him to put it in the auction.  It took away a big part of him, because he worked with the team to win the series, and it was such a big victory for Kansas City and the Royals.  It was almost as if a piece of him is gone," Mohr said.

Mohr and others have set up a Twitter and PayPal account to raise the $8,500 for the ring.  It will be an exact replica of the original, and made by the same company.

They want the ring to be a surprise.

"We are definitely going behind his back on this. Which is a huge effort. He is one of those people who says, 'What are you working on?' I'm clicking my inbox so he can't see what I'm working on. We are trying to keep it a surprise. Hopefully we'll have success on that," Mohr said.

It won't take much to raise the funds. Wilson has a huge fan-base - more than 6,000 Twitter followers.

"So if you do the math, and you donate $2, we'd be above our goal. And anything we exceed for the goal from the fundraising effort, we will donate to charity," Mohr said.

Mohr hopes to give Wilson the ring when he launches his new book in September.

"I think there's going to be more tears than smiles. I think if we can keep it a surprise, he is going to be so shocked and so overwhelmed. I think it will be emotionally draining for him," Mohr said.

People may be wondering how is this going to stay a secret.  Mohr said Willie is out of town a lot, and she knows others will stay quiet about it.

Mohr contacted the person who bought the ring at the auction, but that man is asking for much more than what he paid for.

Click here for more information on the fundraiser and how to donate.

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