Backpacks “Pancho Packs” stuffed at New Era Field in honor of Bills Superfan Pancho Billa

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Buffalo Bills Superfan Pancho Billa passed away after his battle with cancer and his last wish was to give school supplies to children in need.

Bills and Pancho fans came out in full force and raised $100 thousand to make that wish come true.

“I had a really great relationship with Pancho, obviously he drafted me here, to the Buffalo Bills last year, and so that just sparked a really cool friendship,” said Harrison Phillips, Buffalo Bills defensive tackle. “And the more I got to know him, the more I understood how genuine of a person he was and what he wanted to do.”

Volunteers filled six thousand backpacks with all kinds of stuff like notebooks, pens, markers, pencils, crayons and waterbottles.  

This is what we do, not on a scale this quickly, but we do 4 or 5 hundred packs to give away to kids in need all the time, but to do 6 thousand in one day is pretty enormous. It’s a big task and we’re pretty excited to do it. A lot of Western New Yorkers came together to make this happen, said Director of the Teachers Desk John Mika.

Each backpack comes with a  Pancho Card it has a cartoon image of Pancho on one side, and it  carries a special message for students on the other side.

The card reads:

“Ezra Castro (Pancho Billa) loved the Buffalo Bills. He was a kind and brave man. His wish was that people would give school supplies to students just like you. Use your Pancho Power and like Ezra, be kind and brave every day.”

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