- Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest at Paycor Stadium on January 2
- Now he’s honoring the first-responders, nurses and doctors who treated him
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As Damar Hamlin returns to the site of his scary cardiac arrest last winter, he is honoring the medical team that helped save his life by launching a scholarship program for Cincinnati youths on Sunday.
Hamlin collapsed at Paycor Stadium on January 2 as the Bills faced the Bengals, and was immediately treated by first-responders who helped keep him alive.
Now, Hamlin’s charitable foundation, Chasing M´s, will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to 10 individuals from Cincinnati’s under-served communities for each of the next three years.
Each of the individual scholarships will be named after the 10 first-responders, nurses and doctors who treated Hamlin after he went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated on the field during a game at Cincinnati on Jan. 2.
The safety, who has frequently been inactive for the Bills this year, said, ‘I´m humbled by the opportunity to set up a scholarship program to honor this team of professionals – my Cincinnati heroes – who helped save my life.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has started a scholarship fund to benefit Cincinnati youths
Hamlin collapsed on the field during the Buffalo Bills’ game against the Bengals 10 months ago
‘Today, as I look at honoring these Cincinnati heroes and lifting up young people who are trying to find their way, I´m reminded of the enormous blessing I´ve been given through my charity and the generosity of people around the world.’
Though Hamlin established his foundation while still in college to give back to local youths, it wasn´t until his collapse and recovery that led to Chasing M´s attracting more than $9million in contributions.
He has since used his charity to distribute automated external defibrillators to community sports associations and promote CPR training.
Growing up in the Pittsburgh exurb of McKees Rock, Hamlin himself was the recipient of a scholarship that allowed him to attend Central Catholic High School.
Damar Hamlin is ready to ‘walk through the fire’ on his return to Cincinnati this weekend
He eventually went on to play for the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Bills in 2021.
Speaking on teammate Von Miller’s podcast ‘The Von Cast this week, Hamlin admitted it will be an ’emotional’ evening back at Paycor Stadium.
‘I think it’s going to be super electric and I think it’s gonna be nothing but love,’ he said when asked by Miller how it will feel heading back to Cincinnati.
‘So going back into there, I’m pretty sure it’ll be a bunch of memories which will make it emotional for me, but I ain’t running from it. I’m ready to walk through the fire.