Emily Baines
August 07, 2016 12:43 pm
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The Olympics are a time for many dreams to come true — and they aren’t always the Olympian’s dreams, either! Thanks to an incredibly kind passenger, an Uber driver’s dreams of seeing his son compete in the Olympics is becoming a reality.

 

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When Uber driver Ellis Hill’s son Darrell qualified to join Team USA for shotput, Ellis was exceptionally proud, as any father would be. But Ellis never thought he’d actually get to go and see Darrell compete for Team USA in Brazil. Then he met Liz Willock.

During an hour-long ride in Philadelphia, the two immediately bonded. When they talked about the Olympics, Hill proudly bragged about his son. When Willock asked if he’d be seeing him perform, Hill shook his head. Sadly, there was no way on Earth he could afford to go see him compete.

As Hill told People:

“When I told her about my son she was really amazed, but when she asked me if I was going over there to watch him, I said I really couldn’t afford it.”

Willock was devastated for the proud papa.

“It was devastating to hear that. Here’s this wonderful man who has a close relationship with his son and I know any parent would want to see their son or daughter compete at the Olympics, but it was very understandable how that could be out of reach.”

But then Willock, who works as a sales leader at a concierge service, had an idea. She believed she had the contacts and resources to make Hill’s dream trip a reality. Passenger and driver exchanged information, and the next day Willock created a GoFundMe page aiming to raise $7,500 to fund the journey. A week later, they reached that target. As of now, they’ve raised $8,200. USA! USA!

Olympian Darrell Hill is just as excited that his dad can come and see him perform:

Of the 150-plus donors, only 10 or so know Ellis. The rest are kind-hearted strangers. Willock and Hill have been busy making arrangements for Hill to see his son on in the track and field event.

“I haven’t seen my son in a couple months because he’s been training. I cant wait to see him and encourage him in person and let him know I’m 100 per cent in his corner,” Hill said.

We’re not crying, you’re crying. Go Team USA!

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