Russell Wilson's Why Not You Foundation Raises More Than $1 Million for Seattle Children's Hospital

The Seahawks quarterback will present a check at Thursday night's Seahawks vs. Cowboys game

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Russell Wilson is giving back in a very big way.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback’s Why Not You Foundation has raised $1,060,005 for Seattle Children’s Hospital and its Strong Against Cancer initiative, PEOPLE confirms.

“Our mission at the Why Not You Foundation is to empower and inspire change in others one individual at a time and one kid at a time, and in turn they pass it on creating a snowball effect,” Wilson – who will be presenting a check at Thursday night’s Seahawks vs. Cowboys game – tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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“I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to be able to help and spread the love to these amazing kids. With this donation, I’m praying and believing that a young kid’s life will be saved just like young Milton Wright’s life and many others’ lives so far,” he continues.

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The proceeds were a combined effort from The DRIVE charity event co-hosted by Wilson and NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne at the end of June, as well as an in-store promotion by Safeway’s customers that ran during the month of July.

Wilson, 27, has been a longtime supporter of Children’s Hospital for years, and he and his wife, Ciara, 30, often make visits during his training season.

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