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Heart of gold: Weatherby Healthcare team helps fund co-worker’s trip to watch brother compete in 2016 Olympics

ricky and brother.JPGRicky Alejandro, a coordinator on Weatherby Healthcare‘s credentialing team, was excited when he heard that his brother, Eric Javier, would represent Puerto Rico at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Ricky’s brother lives in Puerto Rico and it’s not too often that he gets to see him. When Eric qualified to compete in the 400m hurdle race, it was Ricky’s dream to see him compete, but finances were a little tight. He almost gave up hope that he would make it to Rio, but then some Weatherby angels stepped in to make his dreams come true.

Nicole Tore, medical staff supervisor of the credentialing team, wrote this email after setting up a GoFundMe account to raise $1,300 to send Ricky to Rio.

“This is Eric’s second chance at the Olympics and Ricky’s first opportunity to be a part of his experience,” wrote Nicole. “After speaking with Ricky, he told me that he was only able to muster up half of what he needed and wasn’t able to make it to Rio. When I heard that Ricky wast going to make it, I really wanted to step in as his Weatherby family and help get him to Rio!”

With the support of Ricky’s Weatherby family, enough money was raised to get Ricky to Rio to watch his brother compete and make it to the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympic Games.

“Sitting in the stands at the Olympic Stadium in Brazil and cheering on my brother as he left it all on the track was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me!” says Ricky. “I owe this experience greatly to Weatherby for lighting the fire under me and supporting my cause. This is something I will hold very close to my heart. Funny, I never thought I would really be able to reflect so deeply on the commitment Weatherby exemplifies to Putting People First.”

Eric sent this thank you to Weatherby from Rio.

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Liz Cornwall

Liz Cornwall

Liz Cornwall is a senior public relations specialist at CHG Healthcare and is passionate about the company’s Putting People First culture. Prior to joining CHG, Liz worked in advertising and marketing and also helped launch a pet magazine in Salt Lake City.

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  • I loved getting to know Ricky through this process and am so excited we were able to get him there to cheer on and support his brother! I love to see how we are making a difference in each other’s lives! What a blessing for all involved, not just Ricky and Eric!

  • When the Weatherby Credentialing Team says they are going to get something done, they do! Treating Ricky LIKE family to be WITH family was a great way to show that your colleagues matter to you. By your example, you have set the groundwork for Ricky and Eric to make a difference for others in the future with resources that will be unique to them. Great idea for a great cause!

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