Citizens rise up to send blind fan to Sanford Stadium

Citizens rise up to send blind fan to Sanford Stadium
Calls poured in with offers to help
Calls poured in with offers to help
Dawg gear was just what the doctor ordered
Dawg gear was just what the doctor ordered

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Meet Ervin Fulton, a die hard Georgia fan who recently won tickets to UGA's rivalry game with Georgia Tech.

He is considered legally blind, and that initially threatened to ruin his plans, but a thoughtful community stepped up to make sure he didn't miss the game.

Since Monday, when word that he needed a ride to the game first got out, Ervin Fulton's phone had steadily been ringing.

"Right when the story aired, after it left the television, I received my first phone call from a gentleman in Worth County, which is my hometown, as a coincidence. And he offered to take us up there right off the bat," said Fulton.

"For about an hour, every 10 to 15 minutes somebody would call, we would write their name down and me and my wife would discuss it amongst ourselves about who should take us up," he explained.

Fulton needed a ride to the Georgia, GA Tech game after he won four tickets, because of his community service work with Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

"It's going to be a very emotional time for me, because I said I wasn't going to cry, but most likely I will," Fulton said.

He will be recognized on the field during his first visit to Sanford Stadium.

His story, which was also posted on Facebook reached more than 80,000 people in Bulldog nation, and many were willing to help.

"I had a couple of calls come out of Atlanta," Fulton said. "They were willing to come and pick us up and bring us back and this was out of Atlanta. It's overwhelming where you can find Georgia Bulldogs."

And the kindness didn't stop there.

A Leesburg couple bought Fulton and his 18 year-old son Kendle, who's also going to the game, fleece jackets and hats.

"It's been overwhelming," he remarked. "It's just strangers calling me out of nowhere, the support and just the notoriety."

Fulton plans to ride up with his niece and her husband, but they're more than grateful for all of the offers.

"We appreciate all the support and you never know who will contact you, until you're placed in this type of position. So we just want to thank each and everyone for their support," he said.

The contest is part of the UGA Athletic Association's Team Unselfish Giving Attitude Awards.

Doug Chellew, who lives in Jefferson, about 25 miles from Athens, shared the story on Facebook.

"I had a lot of friends that commented back, gave me support and I had quite a few friends that offered to pay the gas money for me if he couldn't get a ride, including a former player, Sheldon Dawson," said Chellew.

He said Dawson also offered to pay for their hotel room if needed.

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