Buffalo Bills fans have donated more than $30,000 to the Eric Wood Fund for Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation since Friday, a spokesman said Sunday.
The donations poured in after Wood announced that he was diagnosed with career-ending neck surgery. Most of the donations are in $70 increments to represent Wood's uniform number. The organization's annual goal is $70,000.
“Eric Wood is a leader in the Buffalo community and a source of strength and hope for the kids and families at Oishei Children’s Hospital," Allegra C. Jaros, the president of Oishei Children’s Hospital said. "He is a generous and compassionate individual whose support for Oishei Children’s Hospital through the Eric Wood Fund supports the complex needs of our chronically-ill children and their families.
"We’re grateful to Eric for his dedication to improve the lives of children throughout Western New York and we wish he and his family all the best.”
Since his announcement, Wood has again been lauded for his work in the community during his time with the Bills.
Wood, through his fund, partnered with the hospital during the season for a series of events in the fall. The annual Flights and Bites event raised $57,000 for the foundation and Stone's Buddies, a program to help families of chronically ill children who have spent significant time in the hospital.
Wood, with help from several Bills offensive linemen, also helped take 50 kids who have spent significant time in the hospital this year to dinner and on a shopping spree with $300 to spend at Walmart.