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Neb. man heads to NFL game after starting donation chain

Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 20:30:31-04

One touchdown creates a chain reaction of charity.  Now, the man who gave the first donation is going on a once in a lifetime trip.

On new years eve 2017, a 49-yard touchdown pass from Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton in a win over the Baltimore Ravens helped push the Buffalo Bills to get in the playoffs after a 17-year drought.  Bills fans went crazy celebrating.

Kevin Forrest, a Bills fan from Grand Island, decided to donate to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation which provides support for families with seriously ill or physically challenged children.  He put it on social media and other Bills fans pitched in.

In total, the foundation says they've had almost 18,000 donations for $450,000.

Since he was the first to give, the charity is flying Forrest to Buffalo for the Bills and Bengals preseason game this weekend and making him a part of a big event.  The Dalton Foundation will make a donation to the Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo.

"Being there to be able to see the donation take place and see the things that are taking place beside the football part i'm definitely just as excited about," Forrest explained.

Dalton says they've been overwhelmed with the generosity.

"You hear about the fans and how passionate they are and I think not only are they passionate they're generous and there's a lot of good that has come from a football play," Dalton said in an interview this week with WIVB.

The donated funds will help take care of patients non-medical needs, and entertainment devices to their pediatric unit.