Jayson (Jay) Fleming of Hendersonville, Tennessee was seriously injured in a boating accident on 7/7/07 and lost his left arm at the shoulder. He spent his recovery time at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN. Jayson had his 7th birthday on 7/10/07 while at the hospital.
Jayson's dad, Todd, says that he is "a sweet, tender-hearted boy with a love for everyone and for baseball." Even though the Flemings now reside in Tennessee, Jay's favorite team is the Cardinals and his favorite player is Albert Pujols.
Todd Perry, director of the PFF made a trip to Nashville to visit Jayson and to bring him a special surprise from Albert himself. "When I walked into the hospital room, "Perry says, "I'm not sure he had any idea who I was. When I told him that Albert Pujols had sent me here to bring him a gift, I think I had his attention." The PFF sent a goodie bag of hats, magazines and cards to brighten Jay's day, but the gift from Albert was a personally signed baseball bat!
"Jayson is a great kid!" Perry said in closing. " He has the best doctors, a great support system of friends and family and parents that love him…. I know he is going to be fine."