Help Chase Kalisz's Mom Get To Rio
I am looking to help defray the cost of the trip to Rio for Chase's mother so that she can be there to share this experience with him. Did you know that family members are responsible for paying their own way to watch their Olympian, and that the cost of a trip to Rio is so much that Chase's mom is planning to watch from home?? I did not know this until very recently and it is why I started this fundraising campaign.
Having watched closely as my aunt has dedicated her life to supporting her children and their dreams, I know you will agree that she needs to be there.
Please help me make this happen!
Thank you for your support!
NBC will be showing tonight's final live at 9 PM EST. The 400 IM is the first event. Each and every one of you who helped his mom get into those stands tonight is sharing a piece of this incredible day with our family.
Thank you, again, from the bottom of my heart. I hope you will be tuning in tonight to help us cheer on Chase ad Team USA!
Many of you are already aware of the results from Chase's swim in the prelims this morning, but I did not want to take the chance that anyone had missed this morning's news. Chase swam the fastest time of all the morning heats, earning the top seed going into tonight's final..
We are two days away from the opening ceremonies and Chase has arrived safely in Rio!! Cathy and Mike join him there tomorrow. She just sent me this letter and asked that I pass it along to you, on her behalf.
Dear family, friends, and new friends,
As I get ready to leave tomorrow to head to Rio, I needed to take this time to thank each and every one of you for making this possible for me. I still cannot believe I am going! Not only do I get to go, I am going to watch my son compete in the Olympics! I am thrilled to be there for Chase.
Chase has traveled the world without us and has always said, as he made these international teams, " I understand you can't go and it's OK I don't need you to be there." We always watch from home and wished we could have been there. When I expressed how proud of him I was and that I wished I could be there in Rio but would not be able to make the trip, this time was different. Chase said, "Mom I need you there, and even more than that, I want you there."
I was so moved by Karma starting the Gofundme page. In addition to that, to watch my trip be funded in 3 days was astounding! I was so emotional after work each day watching the numbers grow. I cried reading all of your heartfelt messages!
So many family members, friends, friends of friends, and swim fans contributed to my being able to watch my son live his dream of competing in the Olympics. Many people I don't even know have contributed to this fund and enabled me to go watch my son swim. There are no words that can express my complete appreciation for all of you who helped me get to Rio.
We will post some pictures on the Gofundme page through out my days at the Olympics!
Thank you all so very, very much!
Just Amazing !!!!! USA Proud we are Congrats Chase on your Silver Medal !!! I am a mom to a young swimmer & we have enjoyed watching your journey . So happy that both your parents were able to be there to cheer you on . What a Great thing you've done Karma & Family for helping to make a parents DREAM come true !!!!!
Congratulations Chase- what an impressive first medal in the Olympics - so proud of you! So happy your mom could be there to support and cheer you on