Damar Hamlin’s Chasing M Foundation fundraiser tops more than $3 million : NPR
An online fundraiser started by Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has logged more than $3 million in donations just hours after the NFL star suffered a cardiac arrest during a game Monday.
The Bills said in a statement that the 24-year-old’s heartbeat was restored while he was on the field, but that he was sedated and still in critical condition. The NFL suspended the game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals as condolences for Hamlin poured in from around the sports world.
Fans also showed their support by throwing in millions of dollars in a charity that Hamlin started in 2020shortly before being picked in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft.
“As I begin my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from and I am committed to using my platform to make a positive impact on the community that raised me,” Hamlin wrote. on the foundation’s GoFundMe page.
The Chasing M Foundation was running a campaign to buy toys for children affected by the pandemic in McKees Rocks, Pa., where he grew up.
A cached version of the GoFundMe page shows that before Hamlin’s collapse, the foundation had raised just over $2,900.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the fundraiser has reached more than $3.3 million in donations, 135,000% more than its goal. Thousands of fans across NFL teams shared words of support on the page, which GoFundMe verified on Twitter.
Here is the verified GoFundMe Demar Hamlin started in December to help children have a magical Christmas.
Following his injury on the pitch tonight, fans across the country are showing their support for him and his family by donating to his fundraiser 💚https://t.co/wcubpBpdd1
— GoFundMe (@gofundme) January 3, 2023
Buffalo Bills fans, who call themselves the Mafia, have a track record of responding to tragedy with acts of charity.
When Bills Quarterback Josh Allen lost his grandmother, they gave $1.1 million to build a new wing at a local hospital. They are too raised $75,000 for a rival player’s favorite charityLamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, after being ruled out of a 2021 playoff game with a concussion.
Hamlin, a sophomore safety who played for the University of Pittsburgh, went down after tackling Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter of the game. Hamlin is being treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.