The entire NFL community and country has railed around Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who suffered cardiac arrest after a hit in the Bills-Bengals game on Monday night, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are no different in Hamlin’s hometown.
Hamlin is making continued progress in his recovery yet remains in critical condition. He continues to breathe on his own and his neurological function is excellent, the Bills announced on Saturday afternoon. Hamlin’s breathing tube was removed overnight and he spoke to his teammates via Zoom, the Bills said Friday morning.
The progress in Hamlin’s recovery has been uplifting and felt across the country. It has truly shown the best in humanity.
Since Monday, Hamlin’s GoFundMe page for his Chasing M’s Foundation has generated more than $8 million in donations in efforts to help his hometown of McKees Rocks, which is just outside of Pittsburgh. Hamlin started the Chasing M’s Foundation GoFundMe in 2020 because he wanted to raise money for toys for the kids in McKees Rocks, which is one of the most underserved communities in the Pittsburgh area. It’s also the same center where his mom, Nina Hamlin, is the director. It’s a matter that’s close to Hamlin’s heart.
The Steelers are also lending a hand in support of Hamlin’s foundation. On Friday, Steelers players stopped by his mom’s daycare to deliver toys, books and supplies to help Hamlin’s mission of serving his hometown.
“It’s just a way that we can give back,” said cornerback Levi Wallace, who played with Hamlin in Buffalo in 2021. “Just to be able to give back to kids that he works with and his community he loves so much. We’re doing it just to honor him and show our love for him that we’re supporting him here in Pittsburgh.
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