PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A Pennsylvania Uber driver will be heading to Rio to watch his son compete in the Olympic games, all thanks to one woman who refused to give up.
Uber driver Ellis Hill picked up passenger Liz Willock after she missed a flight Tuesday, according to PennLive.
The two struck up a conversation and Hill explained that his son qualified for the Olympics. His son will be representing the U.S. in shot put.
Hill said he unfortunately he couldn’t afford the trip to watch his son.
Willock was heartbroken by his story, and she knew she had to help.
Hill said he was shocked when Willock offered to get him a ticket.
“And I said, ‘Oh my goodness, I don’t even know you!'” Hill recalled in an interview with People. “She said, ‘No. I believe you and I were fated to meet and I’m going to try to make this happen.”
She set up a GoFundMe page, and soon donations started pouring in.
Hill’s son, Olympian Darrell Hill even shared the link on Twitter, hoping his dad would get to see him compete in person.
In just a few days, the GoFundMe effort raised more than $8,000. Now, Hill will be heading to Rio thanks to the kindness of strangers.
“I’m really grateful for that,” Hill told WCAU. “I’m only hoping that I can do the same thing in return for somebody else, because that’s what it’s all about.”