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Chiefs fans show Buffalo Strong spirit, donate more than $306K to Oishei Children's Hospital

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Posted at 5:59 AM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-27 08:27:37-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following the Bills' playoff loss to the Chiefs Sunday night, Chiefs fans have begun donating to a foundation that is close to Josh Allen.

As of Thursday morning, Oishei Children's Hospital says Chiefs fans have donated more than $306,000 to the Patricia Allen Fund and the total is growing by the minute.

A Facebook group called "Chiefs Kingdom Memes" posted Monday evening, calling on Chiefs fans to donate $13 in honor of Josh Allen's performance Sunday. They're calling for $13 donations to commemorate the drive that sent the game to overtime in the final 13 seconds of the game.

"Bills Mafia was the catalyst in this and we're just following their lead on it," Chiefs Kingdom Memes Facebook page owner, Brett Fitzgerald said.

Kansas native and Chiefs fan, Brett Fitzgerald, created the Facebook page over the summer of 2021. Since then, the page has collected more than 8,000 likes.

"My wife was asleep, so it was more like making the movements, but like covering. Trying not to be very loud, he explained via Zoom Tuesday.

"It actually started out as celebrating the Chiefs' victory by donating the $13 to commemorate the 13 seconds, but it was to Patrick Mahomes' 15 and the Mahomies Foundation. About an hour or two later, I was messaging with a buddy of mine, Alex Irvin, and he said, you know, I was messaging with a friend of mine up in Buffalo and he said if the Bills had one Bills Mafia probably would have been donating to charity. I'm like I like that idea so. Instantly went found Josh Allen's foundation. Donated $13 to it, so basically switch $13 over to Josh Allen's foundation. Made a quick name about it posted it on their, posted a screenshot of my donation and deleted the other one from Facebook and Twitter recommending Mahomes' foundation. I said this is better," Fitzgerald said.

Less than 24 hours later, the hospital was flooded with donations from supporters.

Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation vice president, Andrew Bennett said, "Any kids that are growing up, whether they're playing sports or not-- sportsmanship and courtesy and integrity are lifelong lessons and this is a great example of sportsmanship."

This hits close to home for Fitzgerald because his 7-year-old son lives with autism and has asthma. He has been treated by their local children's hospital a few times, according to Fitzgerald.

"I have a son with autism. So, he does go to the Children's Hospital . I live in San Antonio. He does go to the Children's Hospital in San Antonio."

The Patricia Allen Fund was created in November 2020, when Bills Mafia started donating $17 at a time to Oishei Children's Hospital following the passing of Josh Allen's grandmother. Ultimately, more than $1 million was raised. The hospital dedicated the Patricia Allen Pediatric Recovery Wing in her honor.

If you would like to donate to the Patricia Allen Fund, click here.