Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has given the joint-highest donation of $25,003 to Damar Hamlin’s GoFundMe page as the Bills player’s Toy Drive nears $7.8m after his cardiac arrest
- Jim Irsay donated more than $25k to Damar Hamlin’s GoFundMe page
- He joins others from the NFL like Robert Kraft and Matthew Stafford as donors
- Hamlin showed ‘substantial improvement’ in his health, according to doctors
- He has been hospitalized since suffering cardiac arrest Monday against the Bengals
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Colts owner Jim Irsay is the joint largest donor to Damar Hamlin’s GoFundMe page after donating $25,003 on Thursday.
Irsay is joined at the top by the ‘Sheets Laundry Club,’ while Patriots owner Robert Kraft is the fourth-highest donor at $18,003.
Hamlin’s GoFundMe has now received more than $7.7million in donations – more than the $2,500 he set out to raise in 2020.
Jim Irsay donated $25,003, making him GoFundMe’s joint-highest donor to date
Irsay and Kraft were among many others who ended their donations with the number three, in honor of Hamlin’s jersey number for the Bills.
The pair are far from the only big names in the NFL community to donate to GoFundMe, which was first created in 2020 to support a toy drive sponsored by Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation.
Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford donated $12,000, while his coaches Sean McVay and Tom Brady donated $10,000 respectively.
Russell and Ciara Wilson also donated $10,000, and the Browns and Texans gave $10,003 each.
There are now 232,500 donations to raise millions for Damar Hamlin’s Toy Drive
The generosity extended to other sports, as Lakers president Jeanie Buss gave $2,503.
Several positive updates on Hamlin’s health were released Thursday, as doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said he has made ‘significant improvement’ after suffering a cardiac arrest during Monday’s game against the Bengals.
‘He is beginning to wake up and his neurological condition and function appear to be intact,’ said Dr. Timothy Pritts of the UC College of Medicine in a video press conference.
Hamlin also began communicating with doctors in writing on Wednesday, while the Bills said in a statement that he has shown ‘remarkable improvement’ over the past 24 hours.
The page was first set up in 2020 in support of a toy drive Hamlin was doing for children
On Friday morning, the Bills revealed that the safety breathing tube had been removed and that he had spoken with his teammates via FaceTime.
In an update to the page, Hamlin’s team said they were ‘just amazed’ by the donations that poured in.
‘This fundraiser became an overnight reminder of the incredible nature of humanity,’ they said.
‘Your actions directly reflect the type of person Damar is himself.
‘We look forward to Damar’s future involvement in paying incredibly generous contributions. We thank you again for your support and look forward to updating you along the way.’