Rio Olympics 2016: Uber driver gets to see son compete thanks to passenger

Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we get a feel-good story thanks to an Uber driver and one of his passengers.

As the story goes, Ellis Hill, an Uber driver in Philadelphia, was going about his normal routine while preparing to watch his son, Darrell Hill, represent the United States at the Olympics in the shot put event.

Hill shared the news to a passenger that his son would be a proud member of Team USA when the passenger, Liz Willock, took his story to heart and helped raise money to provide the opportunity of a lifetime.

Willock planned a trip for Hill and created a GoFundMe that raised $7,500 to help Hill’s dream come true.

“There has been so much sadness and violence in the news lately and this really restored my faith in humanity,” Willock said, via People’s Tiare Dunlap. “We had over 150 people contribute and I think Ellis knew maybe 10 of them. The rest were strangers.”

People always come into your life for a specific purpose and Hill and Willock were clearly put in each other’s path so this incredible moment could come to fruition.

Best of luck to Darrell Hill and the rest of Team USA in Rio.

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