Pennsylvania, Aug 6: An Uber driver's dream of traveling to Rio de Janeiro, who is based out of Pensylvania to see his son compete in the Rio Olympic 2016 has finally come true due to a chance encounter with a passenger.
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During an hour-long cab journey in in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passenger Liz Willock and driver Ellis Hill had a long conversation.
It is then that Liz came to know about Hill's son participating in this year's games. Hill proudly boasted that his son, Darrell Hill, would be representing the United States of America in shot put category.
He further mentioned that it is his misfortune that Ellis will not be able to visit Rio, to watch his son at the Olympics. This came as a shock to the passenger.
People.com, an American media house quoted father Hill, "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.
The media further quoted Liz Willock: "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."
Liz Willock, a sales leader at a concierge service that arranges travel and accommodations for people seeking clinical trials around the world, sorted things out for the old man and made the entire arrangements for Hill's journey to Brazil.
Hill continued: "She asked me, 'If I could get you a ticket would you go?' And I said, 'Oh my goodness I don't even know you!'"
"She said, 'No. I believe you and I were fated to meet and I'm going to try to make this happen.' "
Willock and Hill exchanged information and the succeeding day, she created a GoFundMe campaign with the aim of raising $7,500 to send Hill.
The goal was achieved within 2 days as people all around the world donated. Hill's dream had finally come true.
Here are couple of tweets from Darrell Hill:
Yo.. Somebody just donated ,545 to my go fund me. I was almost moved to tears. God is so good.— Darrell Hill (@B1GHomie) July 31, 2016
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