Rad Story Of The Day: Neighborhood Raises $14K So Single Mom Can See Son In Olympics
3:00 pm, July 12th | by Amy Tennery
Here’s a story to brighten your Thursday: A single mother living in Chicago got the surprise of a lifetime after her neighbors raised a staggering $14,000 to send her to London, where she’ll watch her son complete in the Olympics.
Hey, nice people exist!
Yolanda Barral didn’t think she was going to be able to see her son, wrestler Ellis Coleman (famous for his signature move, “The Flying Squirrel”), compete. In fact, as she told TODAY, she and her family have never taken a vacation together — and she spent every last penny she had traveling to see Coleman during his Olympic trials.
Beyond this story’s sentimentality, however, is a tough reminder: Not every Olympic athlete has a lucrative endorsement deal; and not every mother can hop on a plane to see her kid compete.
It’s no wonder that Proctor & Gamble (who, I swear, is not paying me to write about them so often) is lobbying hard to help finance many moms’ trips to the games this year. The company donated $1,000 to nearly 800 different moms of Olympic and Paralympic athletes this year to help defray the cost of travel.
And, as is the case with Barral, I’d imagine this kind of financial support is much appreciated.