Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered an incredibly scary injury during Monday Night Football. Football fans across social media have tweeted their support. Many fans, players and others in the sports world have also come together for an incredibly heartwarming gesture.
In December 2020, Hamlin created a GoFundMe campaign for a toy drive through his The Chasing M’s Foundation. The campaign had a goal of $2,500 and promised to buy toys for kids in need.
Since Hamlin’s injury, football Twitter discovered the GoFundMe. As of Friday afternoon, the campaign has raised over $8 million and counting:
Damar Hamlin's GoFundMe has reached $8M in just four days 🙌 pic.twitter.com/iM5kb7y3hn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 6, 2023
Tom Brady and many others have made donations.
The injury occurred with 5:58 left in the game’s first quarter. Hamlin made a tackle on Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. He got up before immediately falling over and collapsing to the turf.
Medical personnel rushed onto the field and spent 10 minutes administering CPR after he suffered cardiac arrest. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The good news is Damar Hamlin has been gradually improving since going to the hospital. Friday, he was finally able to talk and addressed the Bills. While there’s still a long way to go in his recovery, the fact that he has made this progress is a great sign.
Meanwhile, the NFL decided to cancel the rest of the Bills-Bengals game and implemented changes to the playoffs. Buffalo will face the New England Patriots in Week 18 action, and there will be league-wide tributes to Hamlin.