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Uber driver gets to watch his son compete in Rio Olympics thanks to determined passenger

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Philadelphia Uber driver Ellis Hill is headed to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to watch his son compete in shot put for Team USA thanks to a determined passenger. 

Hill's trip to Brazil is all thanks to an hour-long Uber ride back in July, according to People Magazine. 

During the hour-long ride, Liz Willock began asking her Uber driver about his life. That's when Hill revealed that his son, Darrell Hill, would be representing the United States in Rio. 

"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," Ellis Hill, a retired bus driver, told People Magazine.

After finding out her Uber driver couldn't watch his son compete, Willock jumped into action. 

Willock, a sales leader at a concierge service that arranges travel, felt she could make the trip happen. 

"She asked me, 'If I could get you a ticket would you go?'" Hill told People Magazine. "And I said, 'Oh my goodness I don't even know you!'"

Willock and Hill exchanged information and the next day, she created a GoFundMe campaign. Her goal was to raise $7,500 to send Hill to Rio to watch his son compete. 

The donations began pouring in and the pair reached their goal in just two days! 

"I was ecstatic," Hill told People. "I feel really grateful and overcome by the knowledge that there are good people out there."


Darrell Hill, who recently graduated from Penn State, thanked everyone for their generosity on Twitter. 

For more news, check out today's 60 Second Circa. 

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