If there’s any hope that the terrifying situation surrounding Damar Hamlin will get him out, it’s coming straight from the GoFundMe of a two-year-old Buffalo Bills safety.
Less than 24 hours after Hamlin’s collapse and hospitalization led to the suspension of a “Monday Night Football” game, his only available public fundraiser reached $5 million. The original goal for the GoFundMe, set up to fund a toy drive in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, was $2,500.
More than 176,000 people have donated to the cause.
A member of the Hamlin camp updated the GoFundMe Tuesday acknowledging the circumstances and thanking all donors for their support. The update stated that the new money would go towards “Damar’s community initiatives and her ongoing fight”:
This fundraiser was initially established to support a toy drive for the Damar community, sponsored by the Chasing M’s Foundation.
However, it has received renewed support in light of the current battle for Damar and we can’t thank you all enough. Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us.
If you want to show your support and contribute to Damar’s community initiatives and their ongoing struggle, this is the place to do it. This is the only current fund being used by the Hamlin family.
Thank you again for your thoughts, prayers, and generous support during this time.
Damar created The Chasing M’s Foundation to use as a vehicle to make a lasting impact in her community. The foundation supports toy drives, back-to-school drives, kids’ camps, and more.
One of the largest donations, $3,000, went to 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 the Andy’s Cincinnati Bengals helped secure a playoff spot for Buffalo. .
Other names on the top donation list are Patriots owner Robert Kraft with a donation of $18,003, Tom Brady with $10,000, Russell Wilson and Ciara with $10,000 and Matthew Stafford with $12,000, professional wrestler Chris Jericho with two donations of $5,000 each, plus smaller donations from Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Andrew Whitworth, Erin Andrews, Brian Hoyer, and George Kittle.
Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition after cardiac arrest on the pitch
Hamlin remains hospitalized in Cincinnati after going into cardiac arrest in the first quarter of Bill’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 24-year-old was hit in the chest in a collision with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins and then collapsed after initially getting up.
The haunting scene saw players from both teams gather around Hamlin as he received CPR, as people from across the sports world expressed shock and support for an athlete just two years out of college. The game was temporarily suspended after Hamlin was carried off the field by ambulance, and then postponed indefinitely.
The NFL later announced that Bills-Bengals play will not resume this week, with no change to the Week 18 schedule.
The Bills announced Tuesday morning that Hamlin remains in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after his heart rate was restored on the field, while the player’s family released a statement thanking fans for their support. support, as well as first responders and hospital staff.
Hamlin, a sixth-round pick out of Pittsburgh in the 2021 NFL draft, moved up to starting status this year after a season-ending injury to All-Pro Micah Hyde. In 15 games with 13 starts, he recorded 91 total tackles, six tackles for loss, two passes defensed and 1.5 sacks.
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