BUFFALO, N.Y. – (December 28, 2020) – When #BillsMafia and fans across the globe responded to the passing of Josh Allen’s grandmother, Patricia Allen, by donating to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH), a cause close to the Bills quarterback, Buffalo native Sue McCollum was watching from a distance from her home in St. Louis, MO.
Today, she donated $217,000 to the hospital, launching donations to the Patricia Allen Fund past $1 million.
“I am grateful to be able to make this gift in honor of my late parents, Frederick D. and Joan R. McCollum. My parents loved their family, their hometown and we grew up knowing Sundays were made for Buffalo Bills football! They’d be proud to know they are joining the Bills Mafia in honoring Josh Allen’s own grandmother and in doing great things for the kids in Buffalo.”
McCollum grew up in Amherst and has been a diehard Bills fan for her entire life. She loves Buffalo and could not be more appreciative of what has happened for the children of Western New York through the generosity of fans across the globe.
“I was watching the news over the past month and couldn’t believe what I was seeing, said McCollum. “I knew I could jump on this Bills bandwagon!”
McCollum has a personal connection to Oishei Children’s Hospital. Her great nephew, Jack Marchetta, has been receiving care at OCH his entire life. Jack has a rare autoimmune disease called Juvenile Myositis and visits OCH once a month for infusions to manage the disease.
McCollum’s niece, Colleen Marchetta said, “Aunt Susie has always been there to support us, and especially with Jack and his treatments. Although she lives out of town, we have remained very close and often celebrate her visits into town with a Bills game. She called me when the donations started and said she wanted to get involved. She has supported things we’ve done for the hospital in the past. This is truly extraordinary. As a mom, member of the Family Advisory Council and frequent visitor to OCH, I know how important these donations are to the hospital, as well as the impact this will have on our most precious asset, the children.”
McCollum is the owner and CEO of two Anheuser-Busch distributors in South Florida, Eagle Brands Sales and Double Eagle Distributing. She is also the CEO of Major Brands, the largest Missouri-based wine and spirits wholesaler in the state. When she took over leadership of that company, after the passing of her husband, she often looked to the Buffalo Bills’ four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and Marv Levy for inspiration. She is a firm believer that systems do not win, players do!
With McCollum’s gift, the Patricia Allen Fund has passed $1 million. “I have always rooted for the underdog, for those fighting to overcome the odds, and so many of the kids at Oishei Children’s Hospital do just that. I hope this fund continues to grow. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the Holidays knowing I was able to help these kids, while honoring my parents, Colleen’s grandparents and my great nephew’s great grandparents. Watching the Bills win the AFC East title was pretty great too, I have no doubt my parents heard the cheers,” said McCollum.
Donations to the Patricia Allen Fund can be made here. As announced earlier this month, the fund will allow for ongoing support to the pediatric critical care team at OCH who provide life-saving care to pediatric patients. This team includes the pediatric transport team who transfer over 800 patients annually to Oishei Children’s Hospital from all eight counties of Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. This incredible team is the only one of its kind in the region and provides care and treatment in the most critical situations. The Patricia Allen Fund will help ensure this team receives necessary equipment, training and support they need to be ready for any life-saving traumas or events. The Patricia Allen Fund will also help families in need with support for things like emotional support, meals, programming and activities while in the hospital.