Seattle fans began taking photos and posting on social media about the teen after he showed up dressed in 49ers gear. Another San Francisco fan, Catherine Tate, saw the story on Seattle’s KING 5 and got in contact with the station with the hope of talking to the teen.
"I was going to give him one of my seats, I have front row seats in the new stadium on the 50 yard line," she said.
After tracking him down through social media, Tate discovered something else about the young man. "He's 15, he is a ward of the state, and is homeless essentially. He lives in shelters," she said. "So this evolved from, let's reward this kid for his bravery on one day, to let's reward him for his bravery every day."
She started a GoFundMe account to support the teen and has gotten contributions from fans of both the Seahawks and the 49ers.
"This is another one of those things of, yes, he belongs to us, but he also belongs to you. This is a Seattle, or Kirkland, native child that is your brother," Tate said. "People from Seattle have donated, saying I bleed blue and green, but this kid needs help and he needs these resources, so I want to partake."
The account has already raised more than $27,000 and the heightened awareness about the teen’s situation has led to even better news.
“I just spoke to Niner Waldo kid. Great news everyone!! 5 qualified Foster Care providers have stepped up to welcome him into their home. It's looking like by THIS Friday Feb 14th he will not only get a home but he will get to CHOOSE!” Tate wrote on the site. “Thank you everyone for your help! Now lets send this kid to college! I am so moved by everyones generosity I can't even put it into words. The NFL and ALL it's fans have helped and we are all one big FAMILY.”