If there’s any hope in the terrifying situation around Damar Hamlin, it comes straight from the Buffalo Bills’ two-year safety GoFundMe.
Two days after Hamlin’s collapse and hospitalization caused a “Monday Night Football” game to be suspended, his only available public fundraiser reached a total of $7 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 220,000 people donated to the cause.
Representatives for Hamlin updated the GoFundMe page on Wednesday, saying they were “amazed” by the “support and generosity” shown over the past two days. They vowed to keep updating the fundraiser and said they were “hopeful about Damar’s future involvement”.
We are simply amazed by the level of support and generosity we have seen over the past two days. With over $6 million raised, this fundraiser has overnight become a reminder of the incredible nature of humanity. Your actions directly reflect the type of human Damar himself is.
As representatives of Damar, the Jaster Athletes team has posted fundraising updates and will be working with the Hamlin family, Chasing M’s Foundation and the GoFundMe team to ensure the safe delivery of funds.
Because the situation is evolving, we will continue to communicate any fundraising updates. We will also work with GoFundMe to email all donors with more details regarding the use of funds as these details become available. As you can imagine, it was a difficult time for the family. We appreciate your understanding as we give them the time and space they need to focus on Damar’s health first.
We are hopeful about Damar’s future involvement in paying out the incredibly generous contributions. We thank you again for your support and hope to keep you updated along the way.
Hamlin showed “signs of improvement” on Tuesday and Wednesday night, the Bills said.
The GoFundMe was also updated on Tuesday, acknowledging the circumstances and thanking all donors for their support. The update stated that the new money will go to “Damar’s community initiatives and his current fight”:
This fundraiser was originally created 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 Damar battle 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 current fight, this is the place to do it. This is the only fund currently used by the Hamlin family.
Once again, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and generous support during this time.
Damar created The Chasing M’s Foundation to use as a vehicle to bring lasting impact to his community. The foundation supports toy drives, back-to-school drives, kids’ camps, and more.
One of the biggest donations, at $3,000, was in the name of New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan, who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from of Bills fans in 2018 when Andy’s Cincinnati Bengals helped clinch a playoff berth for Buffalo. .
Other names on the top donations list are Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay with $25,003, Patriots owner Robert Kraft with an $18,003 donation, Tom Brady with $10,000, Russell Wilson and Ciara with $10,000 and Matthew Stafford with $12,000, plus names like Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty. , Andrew Whitworth, Erin Andrews, Brian Hoyer, Chris Jericho, Ahmad Gardner, Sean McVay, Mike Evans, Davante Adams, Shannon Sharpe, Mac Jones, Drake London, Michael Phelps and George Kittle.
Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch
On Tuesday, Hamlin was 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 struck in the chest in a collision with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins, then collapsed after initially standing up.
The haunting scene saw players from both teams massed around Hamlin as he received CPR, as people from across the sports world expressed their shock and support for an athlete just two years out of college. The game was temporarily suspended after Hamlin was taken off the field by ambulance and then postponed indefinitely.
The NFL later announced that the Bills-Bengals game would not resume this week, with no changes 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 rhythm was restored on the field, while the player’s family released a statement thanking fans for their support. , as well as first responders and hospital staff.
Hamlin, a sixth-round pick from Pittsburgh in the 2021 NFL Draft, started this year after a season-ending injury to All-Pro Micah Hyde. In 15 games with 13 starts, he made 91 total tackles, six tackles for loss, two passes defended and 1.5 sacks.