A friend of mine, who's a Chicago native, has a son (Alan)who was born with a congenital heart disease, and who is a huge Cub fan and an even bigger Fukudome fan, had his 5th open heart surgery last week. Naturally, going into open heart surgery is a very stressful and terrifying time for Alan and the family and we all thought it'd be a good idea if we contacted Fukudome's representatives and let him know that a huge fan of his was about to undergo major heart surgery and that if Fukudome had the time to maybe give Alan his best wishes or an autograph or something, It'd make Alan's dreams come true and lift his spirits for his surgery.
Fukudome obliged by writing his best wishes in Japanese on a Cubs itinerary which was translated into english and a signed baseball, which Alan got a week before his surgery and the smile was still planted on his face when he went into surgery, knowing his hero was praying for him. The story doesn't end there.
Monday night Alan's dad Stephen got a phone call asking him how good he was at keeping secrets, cuz this one was a doozy. Tuesday morning Alan was told by his Dad that he got a phone call last night and that everything was fine with Alan but they had to go back to the hospital for some routine follow up procedures. Once at the hospital and on the way to the "routine check up", Alan's dad said he wanted to stop into the TV room to grab a cup of coffee and that Alan should grab some water. When Alan opened up the door to the TV room, Alan's face turned a pale white as standing before him in the flesh was his hero, Kosuke Fukudome. Fukudome was holding a Cubs bag and handed the bag to Alan and asked Alan to open it up and inside were 4 tickets to last nights game, which were located right behind the Cubs dugout.
I really shouldn't be posting this as the family was told not to leak this to any media outlets, but I couldn't resist. By Kosuke taking 30 minutes out of his day, he has effected not only a boy's life forever, but everyone around him. Fukudome, you now are my hero as well.