Community rallies to send mom & son to Rio to see daughter run in the Olympics

People from all over the country have come together to make a mother’s dream of seeing her daughter compete in the Olympics come true.

Last month, Euna Washington was overwhelmed with joy when her 19-year-old daughter Ariana qualified for a spot on the U.S. women’s Olympic Track and Field team.

Since Ariana was out last year with a broken foot, her qualification for the national team came a surprise and her single mother found herself in a tough position raising enough money for a last-minute plane ticket to Rio.

   

Last month, the family was taken by surprise when 19-year-old Ariana qualified for a spot on the 4x100 relay team for the Olympics 

A family friend set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the single mother and her son to go to Rio to see Ariana compete. As of Friday that fund had reached it's goal of $8,000. Above, Ariana with her mother Euna and brother Gabe in an old family photo 

So family friend Clara Randolph stepped in and started a Go Fund Me page to raise enough money to send both Euna and her son Gabe, who has cerebral palsy, to the Olympics.

As of Friday, that fund had overreached it’s goal of $8,000 by several hundred dollars. Daily Mail Online reached out to Randolph on Friday to see if they had bought the tickets yet, but did not immediately receive a response.

‘We just didn’t expect her to make it this year, so it’s come as a surprise,’ Euna told the Press-Telegram. ‘Everyone has been so generous, we’re really overwhelmed by it.’

'I can count on anybody in the world, it's my wonderful parents. Honestly can't express my gratitude enough for everything you guys do for me. I love y'all!' Ariana captioned this photo. It appears that her parents are no longer together  

Ariana (second from right) sports the Team USA Opening Ceremonies uniform, ahead of the event on Friday

One of the largest donors to the fun was the Long Beach Century Club, which pitched in $1,100.

‘This is what the Century Club does, we support amateur athletes,’ club president Keith Hansen said. ‘It was a special thing for Euna to come and tell us her story and I’m glad our members reached into their pockets when we passed the hat for her.’

Ariana Washington, a rising sophomore at the University of Oregon, is set to compete in the 4×100 relay on August 18. If her team performs well, they will run again in the final on August 19.

In the past two months, her mother, a nurse at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in southern California, has traveled to Oregon to see her daughter compete in both the NCAA Track and Field Championships and the Olympic Trials.

Ariana won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash at the NCAA competition, and was a finalist at the Trials. She learned shortly after wrapping up her 200-meter race that she had secured a spot on the 4×100 relay for Rio.

Source: The DailyMail

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