Emily Scott never expected this kind of support when she asked for help. The US Speedskater had just seen her team’s budget – and her monthly stipied – cut by $1350 per month for the remainder of training for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She didn’t know what to do and applying for food stamps was a possibility for the US athlete. Emily was already holding down a part-time job at a surgical supply factory while balancing her training schedule of eight hours per day, six days a week. She probably felt like she would have to say goodbye to her Olympic dream.
Then something magical happened. USA Today Sports ran with the story of Emily and how she had posted on gofundme.com, a crowdfunding site, asking for help to continue her training to represent the red, white, and blue. The response was incredible. She’d raised only $190 in the two months on the site, but the USA Today readers made the choice to help her. Over $33,000 was raised almost immediately. Strangers were drawn to this young woman’s story and decided to pitch in from all over the country.
One opportunity – one dream – was turned into a reality by those who saw her dream and wanted to help. Today is your day to help someone reach their dreams. Don’t waste the opportunity, it can change someone’s life forever.