49ers, Seahawks fans’ campaigns raise tens of thousands for hospitals with weeks to go 

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  • Niners and Seahawks fans are raising cash for children’s hospitals.
The 49ers may be done for the season with their loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship Sunday, but a fundraising competition started by fans in the rivalry to benefit children’s hospitals in both cities is far from over.

As of Monday evening, the Seahawks fans’ GoFundMe fundraiser had logged $73,941 for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Supporters plan to keep it open to donations for two more weeks through Seattle’s run to the Super Bowl, said organizer Christopher Hart, 32.

Meanwhile, a fundraiser by 49ers fans — who started the competition when they decided to donate extra funds raised for a Niners billboard in the Seattle area — has received $34,412 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Niners fan behind it, Aasheesh Shravah, 38, said their effort will extend for three more weeks, the remaining life of the billboard.

Are Seahawks fans as passionate about winning in fundraising as they were about their team beating the 49ers on the field?

“On a very low level, yes, but I see it as friendly,” Hart said. “It makes me feel good that they’re doing so well and who really is the winner are the kids this is going to help.”

The 49ers franchise agreed to match up to $100,000 raised last week and the Seahawks franchise countered by pledging up to $112,000 in matching funds. With the campaigns earning such matching funds, the Seahawks fans’ current 70-30 funding lead ratio “doesn’t matter,” Shravah said.

“As long as we combine to raise $100,000 from both teams that’s what’s more important than anything else,” he said.

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