Baggies supporter meets Pulis and players
JIMMY Lynskey savoured the dream of every Albion fan today as Tony Pulis and the players threw their support behind his donor awareness campaign.
The Baggies-mad 20-year-old from Alvechurch is waiting for a heart transplant after a virus left him suffering severe cardiac damage.
Jimmy is now reliant on a computer-driven heart-pump while he awaits to see if a suitable donor can be found.
But determined to do all he can to help fellow sufferers, the Hawthorns season-ticket holder joined the Albion Foundation’s disability group and through them was able to appeal to the Baggies Head Coach for support.
And that was duly delivered today when Jimmy was invited to the Club’s training ground to see Pulis and the players completing their preparations for the Barclays Premier League clash against Leicester City.
The gaffer even wore a special T-shirt promoting the cause during his media briefings before Jimmy mingled with the players and got the chance to watch training.
“It’s been incredible – one of the best days ever,” said Jimmy afterwards.
“I can’t thank Tony and the Club enough. I never expected anything like this. Tony went to so much trouble and hopefully it will help with the campaign.
“I decided that I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for a donor but that I wanted to get out there and do I could to help raise awareness. But this was beyond my wildest dreams.”
Jimmy first approached Pulis with his story when the Baggies gaffer attended a Foundation Disability function and kept his pledge to help out.
“We were only too happy to hopefully play our part,” he said. “I love the way that Jimmy has thrown all his efforts into this campaign and I promised I would do anything I could do to help him.”
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