NEW HAVEN \u2014 A 9-year-old from Derby recently brought big smiles to Yale New Haven Children\u2019s Hospital and pediatric heart patients. Jayden Cooper did this with his donation of 36 teddy bears to the hospital, according to a release. Jayden, a \u201cproud New York Yankee fan and admirer of outfielder Aaron Judge,\u201d was familiar with the children\u2019s hospital because he had heart surgery there in 2017 to repair a type of congenital heart defect, the release said. Jayden received a special teddy bear from the children\u2019s hospital care team and that inspired his gift. Jayden asked family and friends, in lieu of gifts for his ninth birthday, if they \u201cwould consider donating money so he could buy teddy bears for other kids who would be having heart surgery,\u201d the release said. Jayden received nearly $700 and bought 26 bears. Further donations allowed the purchase of 10 more bears. Each of the bears has a pouch and when it is unzipped, there is a red embroidered heart inside and a note from Jayden that says: \u201cMy name is Jayden and I am 9 years old. I had open heart surgery just like you! My motto is \u2018If I can get through open heart surgery, I can get through anything!\u2019 I love my Bummer Bear (I named him Zippy) and I wanted to do something special for other kids who were going through the same thing. I hope you like your bear! Get well soon! Jayden,\u201d the release said. \u201cJayden has been an inspiration to us all,\u201d said Dr. Alan Friedman, Jayden\u2019s pediatric cardiologist at YNHCH, also in the release. \u201cIt is not just for this generous and selfless gift however. This is a reflection on the terrific person he is each and every day. \u201cAll of us at the YNHCH Heart Center get up each morning with the goal of helping kids live healthier and better lives. Jayden reminds us all how children can accomplish great things,\u201d Friedman said. Jayden\u2019s parents, Bethany and Charlie Seefeldt, delivered 36 bears to YNHCH this month. The couple noted that in addition to being a special blessing and the light of their lives, their son never ceases to amaze them with his kindness. \u201cJayden asked if others would open their heart, if you will, and help make the lives of hospitalized children having heart surgery better,\u201d Bethany Seefeldt said, in the release. Jayden, a fourth-grader at Bradley School, \u201cis doing great according to both parents and is excited to get back to playing Little League Baseball in Derby this spring.\u201d \u201cAs I had the pleasure of meeting Jayden and his parents at the time of his surgery, I had the honor of gifting Jayden a Mended Heart Bear, a bear effort originated by a generous family enrolled in the study six years ago, with the intent of acknowledging Congenital Heart Awareness Week,\u201d said Nancy Cross, a research coordinator for the congenital heart disease genes study at Yale New Haven Children\u2019s Hospital, in the release. \u201cIt was evident how truly special Jayden is as when I brought the bear to him while he was recovering from his surgery and he suggested I save the bear to give to another child. \u201cWhat a remarkable young man,\u201d she said.