A GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise enough money to send single mother Euna Washington and her son Gabe, who has cerebral palsy, to Rio to watch big sister and Team USA sprinter Ariana Washington compete in this year`s Olympic Games.
Euna Washington has been filled with pride since finding out her daughter made the team a few weeks ago, “I can’t tell you how many times I cried,” she said through tears of joy Thursday.
But the single mother, who works as a nurse at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, soon came to realize just how much it would cost to bring her son with her to Rio.
A family friend set up a GoFundMe account to help finance the trip so mom and little brother Gabe Washington can watch Ariana Washington compete in the Olympics.
“My mom took me to every track meet … Whenever I see my sister I will be happy to see her,” Gabe Washington said.
Ariana Washington, a graduate of Long Beach Poly High School and student at the University of Oregon, qualified for the Olympics despite suffering a broken foot last year.
As of Friday morning, the GoFundMe account reached it’s goal of $8,000 and was still growing.