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1 Tweet, 1 Community, 1 Million Dollars

Josh Allen

After the Buffalo Bills were victorious over Seattle on November 8, 2020 fans discovered that quarterback Josh Allen played the game after just losing his grandmother, Patricia Allen. In support, fans began donating in $17 increments to Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH), quickly surpassing milestone amounts within the first week.

Josh Allen

By the end of 2020, the amount surpassed $1 million and the story was shared throughout the national media, reaching over half a billion impressions. The Patricia Allen Fund was then developed with the input of Josh Allen and his family to provide ongoing support to the pediatric critical care team.

Special thanks to these individuals and companies for making an even greater investment in the Patricia Allen Fund:

The impact of nearly 30,000 donors from all 50 states and 10 countries coming together speaks to the power of our community

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Your Impact

With the creation of the Patricia Allen Fund at OCH, your donations make a significant impact on the specialized care provided through services such as our emergency department, trauma program, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and pediatric transport team, which ensures the most critical cases safely arrive to OCH.

150,000 total OCH patients cared for annually
700 pediatric patients transported to OCH each year
1,000 pediatric intensive care patients each year

Eric's Story

Eric smiling in hospital bed

Eric was playing baseball in his backyard when a line drive struck him in the head. He was immediately taken to Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH), where they discovered he had a fractured skull and performed emergency brain surgery. Today, Eric is back to himself thanks to the incredible doctors, nurses and staff at OCH.

"Throughout the month of September, he wasn't the same kid. After the accident, we didn't know if he was going to live. By the end of our stay at OCH, he was up and walking. He could talk and could eat on his own. Today, Eric basically has all of his functions back. We have been so lucky; we have been very blessed. We can't say enough good things about OCH. Eric was chosen to have a zoom interview with Josh Allen. A week before the interview, Eric wasn't even able to speak. He was really excited to speak to him. It was an amazing experience for him and for us.

Eric holding drawing of Josh Allen

Eric wouldn't be here today, without the people at OCH. From the neurosurgeons, the neurology team, the nurses on the 11th floor and the PICU, everyone is so professional, welcoming and caring."- Valerie, Eric's mom

"I never thought I would be able to meet Josh Allen. It was really cool. Josh made me feel really happy. We just chatted about football and it felt really good to talk to him. It was crazy how much OCH helped me. When I was at OCH, I couldn't even eat, I was being fed with a spoon. I wasn't able to talk. I just want to say thank you. They saved my life. I'm looking forward to playing sports again and hitting baseballs in my backyard."- Eric

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If you would like to mail a donation to the Patricia Allen Fund, you can send it to 1028 Main St, 4th Floor, Buffalo NY 14202. Please make your check payable to "The Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation" and memo "Patricia Allen Fund." Thank you!

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