[image-1]Wonderful news, everyone. Just when you thought all the light had gone out of the world and there remained only the bleak promise of another tired tomorrow, something good has happened.

This afternoon, a little after 3 p.m., the GoFundMe account created by the family of Olympian and Burke graduate Raven Saunders to pay for their trip to the Summer Games in Rio reached its goal. The $20,000 crowdfunding effort was put over the top with a $1,175 bid. According to the family’s GoFundMe page, the money will go to pay for travel expenses for Saunders’ aunt, mother, and younger sister.

The opening ceremony is still more than a week away, but we’ll definitely be following Saunders and the other local athletes representing the United States as they go up against nations from all over the world, as well as the impending societal collapse that are the Rio Olympics.