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Minnesota 10-year-old shaken as baby realizes goals, works to give back

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Every year on the anniversary of Gage Robinson severely shaken as an infant, the family felt down and depressed.

A year ago, they decided to make it a celebration and it has turned into a fundraising and education effort to support causes that have helped their son thrive.

Ten-year-old old Gage Robinson is in training to be a cop.

"I want to be a security guard and I want to work at a bank," he said.

The role playing at the Institute for Exercise Medicine and Prevention (I.EM.PHIT) keeps him focused.

Gage started here when he was 4 years old, continuing his recovery from the brain injury suffered at 10 weeks old when he was severely shaken.

"On day five of being in the ICU we had him baptized because we were told he wouldn't make it through the night," his mother said.

Gage defied the odds then, and today.

"He's grown a ton. I can't even put into words how many things he's been able to do since he started here. It's that recovery that inspired him," Chris Coffey with I.EM.PHIT said.

"Gage decided he wanted to give something back to all the places that have helped him get as far as he has gotten today," his mother said.

It started last year with children's hospital, putting together bags of supplies for the kids, and educating parents with a simple message inside: Don't shake a baby.

"I don't want anyone to be hurt and shaken," Gage said.

On this 10th anniversary of his injury, Gage wanted to give back to the place that has potentially made the biggest difference in his life. Now, the Robinson family is raising money for I-EM.PHIT and hoping to purchase much needed equipment for the facility with the goal to improve the quality of life of those like Gage.


The family says the goal is to raise $5,000 by the 10-year anniversary of the incident in November.

For more information, visit http://www.iemphit.org/.

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