For the first time since suffering cardiac arrest in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin publicly expressed his feelings on Saturday.
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In a video shared on the Buffalo Bills Twitter account, Hamlin paid tribute to all the people who supported him during the horrific ordeal he endured.
Some of the people he wanted to thank include the Bills medical staff, doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Buffalo Hospital, the “Bills Mafia”, the NFL community and his entire family.
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all the love and support I’ve received and for everything I’ve come across,” Hamlin slipped.
He also thanked the children who sent him letters and gifts, as well as all the donors to his crowdfunding campaign on the GoFundMe website. This allows for the purchase of toys for the children who attend his mother Nina’s daycare in Pennsylvania. As of January 28, more than $9 million has been raised.
At the end of this video, the University of Pittsburgh graduate mentioned that he plans to use the money to help underprivileged children across the United States.