The $10 million or more that was raised for Damar Hamlin following his mid-game breakdown will go to his charity, the NFL player said on Monday.

The 25-year-old Buffalo Bills player revealed his plans with the funds supporters gave to a GoFundMe he initially set up for a neighborhood toy drive in a statement to the Associated Press back in January.

According to Hamlin, “We have been very deliberate and intentional about taking our time to set up my charity properly.” “I am excited to start spreading the word about the programs we are developing to influence a generation of young people and give back to the community.”

According to the AP, Hamlin petitioned for Pennsylvania’s Chasing M’s Foundation’s retroactive tax-exempt status earlier this month. The document further underlined Chasing M’s objectives, which, according to Hamlin, are to “promote health and safety in sports through CPR & AED training” and “support the aspirations of youth and community members through sports [and] education,” according to the news source.

The NFL star, who is preparing to return to the field after fainting from cardiac arrest during a game on January 2, has received roughly $10 million between the GoFundMe and another online effort run by The Giving Back Fund.

After making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, Hamlin’s heart stopped, causing panic among many in the sports community who feared he would not survive.

However, the Bills safety was released from the hospital after nine days and started his journey to recovery.

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In the process, Hamlin rose to prominence as one of modern sports’ most motivating personalities.

In a statement at the NFL Honors ceremony in February, Hamlin said to the audience that he has a “purpose greater than any game in this world” to promote heart health.

The Bills safety also visited with President Joe Biden in March at the White House, and he later spoke before Congress in favor of the Access to AEDs Act, which aims to assist in the installation of additional defibrillators in schools.

Hamlin told supporters he is been making “so much progress” after the Bills revealed that his doctors had “fully cleared” him to play football once more last month.

In his second interview since his cardiac arrest, Hamlin told the American Heart Association last week, “Physically, I am getting stronger.”


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