Turns out, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr does care about some statistics after all.
Before the season, the former Fresno State star along with his wife, Heather, launched DC4KIDS, a campaign that funds immediate needs at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera.
For every Carr touchdown pass or rushing touchdown this season, participants will donate $100 to DC4KIDS. At the end of the season, participants will make a single donation based on the total of touchdowns scored.
Heading into Monday’s game against the Houston Texans in Mexico City, Carr has 17 touchdown passes. So far, more than $50,000 has been raised for Valley Children’s.
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“It is absolutely motivation for me,” Carr said. “Not only do I get to see the joy of the fans celebrating at that moment and the satisfaction from my teammates, but knowing that that particular throw could impact a child or family is beyond amazing.
“It makes each Sunday that much more special to me, because I know if we play well, Valley Children’s will immediately benefit from it. It does not show up on the stat boards on ESPN or the NFL Network, but my wife and I know there is a positive impact for Children’s Hospital – that means so much to us.”
Carr’s son, Dallas, was rushed to Valley Children’s for emergency surgery hours after he was born in August 2013 for a potentially life-threatening intestinal complication. Dallas ended up having three surgeries and stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for more than three weeks.
“With the help of Valley Children’s team, we came up with DC4KIDS about six months ago,” Carr said. “We wanted to create a special fund that would directly benefit the hospital based on activities that Heather and I wanted to be involved in, like the Touchdown Challenge this NFL season.”
For more information on DC4KIDS, visit valleychildrens.org/DC4KIDS.