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Baby JJ's 4th Birthday Bash Car Show set
JJ Sessions
JJ Sessions, nearing his fourth birthday, is recovering from injuries sustained in a near-drowning incident in 2020. - photo by Submitted photo

SPRINGFIELD — Little by little, JJ Sessions is defying the odds. Each tiny improvement, however, comes with a cost that he and his family need help to pay.

Baby JJ’s 4th Birthday Bash and Car Show will be conducted at the Effingham County Fairgrounds on Saturday. All proceeds go toward paying for his medical care he needs.

JJ suffered brain damage in a near-drowning incident a couple years ago and is undergoing costly stem cell treatments in Arizona and intensive laser therapy in Texas. Speech therapy, physical therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and occupational therapy are also part of his recovery.

The total cost of treatments JJ received in 2021 exceeded $110,000.

“He’s getting better and better everyday,” said Jeremy Sessions, JJ’s father. “Here lately, he said, ‘Da Da,’ you know, ‘Dad.’ We are starting to see a lot more movements with his arms — controlled movements.”

JJ has been plagued by abnormal muscle tightness but that condition is improving, too. He was able to enjoy a sucker recently.

“His tone has loosened up,” Sessions said. “His fingers are not drawn in like they were. He’s more relaxed.”

In addition to hot rods and cool motorcycles, Baby JJ’s 4th Birthday Bash and Car Show will feature bounce houses, food trucks, vendors, a disc jockey, a 50/50 drawing, a dunking booth and door prizes.

“We are actually needing some vendors,” Sessions said. “They can pay the day of (the show). The same thing goes for cars.

“Any vehicle (owner) that registers, they can be the day of (the show), also”

Registration, which costs $25 per car and $10 for motorcycles, will start at 7 a.m. Judging is expected to start at 11 a.m. with the awards presentation set from 2-3 p.m.

For more information, contact Melissa James of South Ga Cruizers Car Club at (912) 659-2951.