Philadelphia father, Ellis Hill, believed it “wasn’t in the cards” for him to see his son, Darrell Hill, compete on the U.S olympic track and field team in Rio de Janeiro for shot-put, but fate had a different story in mind.
Hill, a retired bus driver turned Uber driver, was shuttling a passenger over the bridge to New Jersey, when he mentioned the exciting news about his son. Little did he know, his passenger, Liz Willock, would be returning the favour with more than just a five-star Uber rating.
“I was just crushed because any good parent would want to see their son or daughter compete as Olympian,”
Willock told Upworthy.
“I said, ‘Ellis, you’re an Olympic father! You need to go.'”
After scheming with Ellis’ son, Darrell, the humble passenger launched a GoFundMe campaign to send the Olympian’s father to Rio.
The campaign raised $8,200, which easily surpassed its $7,500 goal. Willock had many to thank, including an United Airlines pilot, cover Ellis’ flight to Brazil with air miles and the family of Joe Kovacs, Darrell’s teammate, who were the first to donate to the cause.
Ellis, who has never even been out of the country before, said that he’s “ecstatic” to be given the opportunity to watch his son compete. And of course the star of the show, Darrell Hill, is incredibly grateful.
“With all the crazy things that are going on in this world it’s nice to be reminded that there are good people out there, too,”
Would like to personally thank everyone who donated to help my Dad get to Rio, we achieved our goal. God is Good. #Thankful
— Darrell Hill (@B1GHomie) August 1, 2016
What a heartwarming tale.