BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following a four touchdown performance and throwing over 400 yards for the second time in his career, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen revealed that his grandmother Patricia Allen died suddenly at the age of 80 the previous day.
Now what started as an idea on Reddit, has turned into an amazing fundraising effort by Bills Mafia.
According to Oishei Children's Hospital, Bills Mafia has now raised over $275,000 for the hospital in honor of Josh Allen's grandmother.
#BillsMafia you have donated $250,000 in honor of @JoshAllenQB grandmother, Patricia Allen! Your donations will make a significant impact in the lives of the kids and families we care for, so thank you ❤️🏈💙 More to come on our formal thank you to you, honoring her— Oishei Children's Hospital (@OCHBuffalo) November 10, 2020
Most people are donating $17 at a time, (Allen's jersey number) and according to Oishei, they've received over 13,000 donations from all over the country, Canada and even some international donations.
“Early on in his career with the Buffalo Bills Josh Allen identified Oishei Children’s Hospital as an organization and cause that he wanted to stand strongly behind, and we couldn’t be prouder to have him on our team,” said Allegra C. Jaros, MBA, president, Oishei Children’s Hospital. “Josh is a person that truly cares about our community and the health of the families and kids that call the Buffalo Niagara region home. It’s just incredible to see Bills fans from all over the country, and frankly the world, make such a heartfelt tribute like this and rally around Josh and his family during this difficult time.”
The hospital says it plans on a special thank you to Bills Mafia soon.
You can make a donation here.