Thousands across the NFL world have found ways to express support for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin this week. A day after Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on the field during Monday Night Football, people began contributing sizable donations to a GoFundMe started by Hamlin to raise money for a toy drive in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
If there’s hope to be taken from the terrifying situation around Damar Hamlin, it comes straight from the Buffalo Bills safety’s two-year-old GoFundMe. Just days after Hamlin’s collapse and hospitalization caused the suspension of a “Monday Night Football” game, his only available public fundraiser has reached millions of dollars when he only asked for a small amount to beging with.
Over 220,000 people have donated to the cause.
Meanwhile, Mario Hamlin, the foundation’s executive director, and Damar’s father, would rather fans donate to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center trauma center.
“If you’re looking for other ways to support,” Mario Hamlin wrote Thursday, “we ask that you buy your first responders and trauma centers lunch in support of the care that Damar has received.”
The Hamlin family has repeatedly expressed gratitude to the first responders and team of nurses and doctors at UC Health who helped save Damar’s life.
One of the most notable donations came from New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan, who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Bills fans in 2018 when Andy’s Cincinnati Bengals helped clinch a playoff berth for Buffalo.
Hamlin showed “signs of improvement” Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, the Bills announced. He has since had his breathing tube removed and breathing on his own. He has also had a zoom call with his Bills teammates as they get set for the final regular season game of the year.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.