Ricky 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.