One of the silver linings of the Damar Hamlin incident is the goodwill it has created across the NFL community with charitable donations.
Add the Green Bay Packers to those continuing that goodwill.
The franchise announced on Wednesday that it was donating $100,000 worth of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to schools and recreational sports leagues in the Green Bay area and Upper Peninsula of Michigan in wake of the Hamlin incident, in which he had to be revived with an AED on the field after going into cardiac arrest.
Bellin Health, the Packers’ official healthcare provider, teamed up with the NFL franchise to donate 80 devices, which cost around $1,000 each.
“After seeing Damar Hamlin’s shocking cardiac arrest and witnessing the incredible response from the emergency personnel and medical professionals who treated him, we recognized our responsibility to take action in our own community,” Packers executive Mark Murphy said in a statement. “Damar’s injury also reminds us that cardiac emergencies are experienced each day throughout the country and our region. We’re proud to work with Bellin Health to equip more athletic facilities and organizations with AEDs, as well as the tools and skills they need to save a life.”
Bellin Health plans to ensure the facilities that receive the AEDs will receive the proper training to use them and perform CPR.