Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin Partners with American Heart Association for CPR Challenge

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) for its latest initiative to promote CPR training.

Hamlin announced the partnership on his Instagram on Tuesday, citing how CPR saved his life earlier this month when he collapsed in the field after suffering cardiac arrest.

“Excited to team up with @american_heart in a BIG way!” Bills safety wrote to his 1.8 million followers.

“I want to thank everyone for the love and support over the past few weeks,” Hamlin said in the video. “As you know CPR saved my life earlier this year in the field and CPR could easily save the life of you or someone you love.”

Called the “Damar Hamlin 3 for Heart Challenge”, the challenge teaches people how to perform hands-only CPR.

According to the American Heart Association and Hamlin, the steps are: go to heart.org/3 and watch a video that teaches people how to give hands-on CPR, donate to the AHA to fund education and CPR training and share the challenge. with three people by tagging them with the hashtag #3forHeart.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin makes a statement in a video posted to Twitter, after collapsing during an NFL game on Jan. 2, in this still image obtained from social media video social on January 29, 2023.

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In his post, Hamlin tagged former first lady Michelle Obama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

PHOTO: Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before a game Nov. 24, 2022 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin warms up before a game Nov. 24, 2022 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

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Hamlin, 24, suffered cardiac arrest on the field Jan. 2 at Paycor Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, team officials said at the time. Medical professionals immediately rushed to rescue him on the ground and restarted his heart.

Hamlin was hospitalized in the intensive care unit at UC Medical Center and was on a ventilator following the incident. His breathing tube was removed and he was released after nine days.

On Saturday, Hamlin thanked fans, the Buffalo Bills, UC Medical Center, Buffalo General Hospital, and his family and friends for their support as he recovers from cardiac arrest.

“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the love, support and everything that just came my way,” Hamlin said in a video.

ABC News’ Okelo Pena contributed to this report.

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