Anderson Varejao Helps Stranded Couple at Cleveland Airport Get Home

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao recently came to the aid of two Brazilian travelers he had never met before who were left stranded at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. 

The pair of Portuguese speaking travelers were the mother and brother of a Cleveland resident they had been in town visiting.

According to a source close to the family, neither person spoke English and they were left stranded at the airport after their connecting flight to Miami had been canceled.  

Eventually, they found a person who offered to help translate Portuguese to English at the American Airlines desk in order to get them onto another flight. 

This person turned out to be Anderson Varejao, who also helped the pair of travelers get into a Miami hotel where they eventually stayed overnight before catching the second leg of their flight home to Brazil the following day.  

On Monday, I connected with the Clevelander on Facebook to confirm. He also included the following update about his mother and the tall guy who helped her. 

"She didn't know his name. She only knew that he was a tall guy, with funny hair who plays basketball. She asked me to thank this guy for his patience and generosity! Well, this guy turned out to be Anderson Varejao!! Man you are awesome! Thank you so much for helping them!"

As far as how helpful Varejao truly was, he added the following for context. 

"You have no idea how helpful he was. Imagine my mom who don't speak English and my brother who is mentally challenged totally lost at the airport. And this guy comes and helped them to find a new flight to MIA.

Once in MIA he helped them get into the hotel in the middle of the night. Obviously American Airlines was not helpful at all but this guy basically did everything for them. And I had no clue that this was happening as there was no way to communicate with them. Funny that my mom had no idea who he was. And just asked to thank him for all his help."
That's good looking out, Mr. Varejao. Class act as always. 
Brendan Bowers

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