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Uber driver father of Olympian going to Rio thanks to help from rider

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 12: A sticker with the Uber logo is displayed in the window of a car on June 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The California Public Utilities Commission is cracking down on ride sharing companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar by issuing a warning that they could lose their ability to operate within the state if they are caught dropping off or picking up passengers at airports in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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DARBY, Pa. (AP) -- A chance meeting during an Uber ride spawned a crowdfunding campaign to send a father to Brazil to see his son compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

NBC’s WCAU-TV reports that Ellis Hill‘s son, Darrell, is competing in the shot put for the U.S. Olympic track and field team.

The Delaware County, Pennsylvania, man is an Uber driver in his retirement and was driving Liz Willock and mentioned the good news but said he couldn’t afford to go.

Willock said she works for a global concierge service with contacts in Brazil. She set up a GoFundMe account that by midday Sunday had topped its $7,500 goal.

Hill said he’s getting his passport and preparing to see his son compete. He said “It’s big, man, and I’m very proud.”

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