An Uber driver is going to live his dream watching his son representing Team USA at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Ellis Hill from Pennsylvania was driving passenger Liz Willock to her destination in Philadelphia when the two got into a conversation. They soon began discussing the Olympics, when Hill boasted the fact that his son Darrell Hill was participating in the 2016 Games, representing Team USA in shot put.
Unfortunately, he was not going to be present at the event since he could not afford the travel expenses and costs associated with it. Willock instantly knew she had to do something for the man.
”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,” she told PEOPLE.
Willock, who is a sales leader at a company responsible for arranging accommodation and travel for people seeking clinical trials across the globe, knew she had the right contacts to help Hill out.
"She asked me, 'If I could get you a ticket, would you go?'" Hill recalls. "And I said, 'Oh my goodness, I don't even know you!'"
The two exchanged contact information and Willock setup a GoFundMe page for Hill. Within two days around 150 people contributed $8,200, which is more than the $7,500 that was actually needed.
"I haven't seen my son in a couple months because he's been training," Hill said. "I can’t wait to see him and encourage him in person and let him know I'm 100 percent in his corner."
Hill and Willock are now good friends and keep in touch regularly. Darrell Hill is obviously stoked to have his father come watch him at the Olympic Games.
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) 1 August 2016
His friends also helped him a great deal.