Ellis Hill-Go Fund Me

What started as an hour long Uber ride home became the start of a lifelong friendship – and the chance for a father to see his son compete in the Rio Olympics.

While Ellis Hill was driving Liz Willock through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 26th, they were pleasantly enjoying some casual conversation to kill the time. Their talk eventually turned towards the Olympics and Ellis excitedly explained that his son Darrell Hill was competing for Team USA.

However due to a lack of funds, the father simply couldn’t afford to watch him perform.

Liz was saddened by her new friend’s plight, so after returning to her home, she created a Go Fund Me page asking for $7,500 to fly Ellis to Brazil.

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Within two days, 150 backers had pushed them over their goal.

Ellis was walking out of his church when a television station called him to announce he was going to Rio.

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“I haven’t seen my son in a couple months because he’s been training,” Hill told People. “I cant wait to see him and encourage him in person and let him know I’m 100 percent in his corner.”

Liz and Ellis have been in constant touch since the campaign’s success, and the two anticipate a lasting friendship for years to come.

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