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Oishei Children's Hospital thanks #BillsMafia with banner as donations surpass $445,000

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 15:44:12-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Oishei Children's Hospital has a new banner in front of its facilities thanking Bills fans for their donations in memory of quarterback Josh Allen's grandmother, Patricia Allen.

Allen's grandmother passed away last weekend, but Bills fans were not aware of her passing until after Allen delivered an outstanding performance in the Bills' victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

In response, #BillsMafia, the Bills fan community on several social media platforms, decided to donate to Oishei Children's Hospital in $17 increments in Patricia Allen's honor.

On Wednesday, Allen responded to the outpouring of support in a Zoom call with local media, saying in part, "I don't ever want to leave."

As of 3 p.m. on Friday, donations had surpassed $446,000. In response, Oishei Children's Hospital has put up signage thanking fans for their support. In addition, children at the hospital have created handmade cards for Josh Allen.

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Those interested in donating can do so here.