Josh Allen spends some of his time away from the football field at Oceania Children’s Hospital, and has developed a relationship with patients, staff and administrators.
When the Buffalo Bills quarterback mentioned that his grandmother had passed away before last week’s game, it stirred feelings for the hospital’s president.
LCH President Allegra Jaros said, “We heard about her loss on Sunday and we were thinking the best for her and hoping that she and her family would get rest.” “And then the fans, really just organically, started donating, $ 17 at a time. And in the first 24 to 48 hours, we were so humble and touched that we, in the buffalo community, gave Josh and his family Were able to show how much he meant to us. And hopefully, that brought him some peace and a sense of support. “
It did more than this. As of Friday night, donations from the Bill Mafia had reached $ 483,000 and Allen announced on Twitter that he had put himself on top of $ 500,000 with a donation of $ 17,000.
By the end of Saturday, the total was over $ 563,000.
As Allen told reporters earlier in the week about the passing of Patricia Allen, whom he called the Grammys: “So good is coming out of a difficult situation, it means the world by itself, it means me World for Family. “
More will come. Jaros said the plan is to wait for a few weeks to give Alan and his family some time to grieve, then to discuss the next steps and decide how to identify and remember his life How to use money.
“It can be a vision, there is a field in a hospital, it can be a program,” Jaros explained. “It will be special for the family to celebrate her life to show her name.”
Bill fans from all 50 states have donated. As of Friday night, 10 different countries were represented, with the Czech Republic being the farthest.
“Bill’s fans are everywhere,” she said.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Allen was a regular visitor to the hospital to walk around with patients and provide some hope at the Children’s Hospital for free. Since Coronavirus, he continues, but via Zoom. He quickly made an impression on the hospitalists.
“I’ve really been impressed by his compassion and sympathy,” Jaros said. “Not only his leadership skills, but also the incredible human he is.”
When donations started coming in, the hospital’s website changed its donation button to a bill-themed “17” – its uniform number. Like many hospitals, OCH relies heavily on donations to its foundation.
But he never saw anything like this.
“It really surprised us,” Jaros said. “This is the amazing impact he has had on the community. It’s a true testament to how the Buffalo community feels about Josh.”