An Uber ride usually earns driver Ellis Hill less than $20, but one fateful pickup has given the Philadelphia father a life-changing plane ticket.
Soon after Liz Willock got into the back of Hill’s car, their conversation touched on the Rio Olympic Games, with Willock mentioning that she knew someone competing there.
As it turns out, so did Hill: His son.
Hill beamed into the rearview mirror as he told Willock that his son, Darrell, would be competing in the shot put event for the U.S. Olympic track and field team on Aug. 18.
Hill, a retired bus driver who drives an Uber to make ends meet, had resigned himself to watching his son compete on television from his living room. But his passenger, so moved by this father’s story, had other ideas. “I don’t think he ever thought it was in reach. He had just accepted that he wasn’t going to be able to afford it,” Willock said.
So Willock exited the car with a vow to get him to Brazil.
First, Willock tried to use frequent flyer miles before turning to GoFundMe.com and setting up a campaign page.
The site, which crowdsources donations for everything from business ideas to medical treatments, is now brimming with the plights of Olympic athletes and their families.
Over the course of just a week, donations flooded in from 152 people, totaling $8,200 — $700 more than the original goal of $7,500. Most of those who donated were strangers, said Hill, simply moved by his story. — Read more at Mediablackoutusa.com (Link in bio) #Mediablackoutusa #News Your thoughts?
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