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10/12/2013 2:23:00 PM
"Gage Gives Back"

by Julie Phelps

Some moms would worry if their 10-year-old son kept getting calls from police departments all over the state, but not Penny Robinson. She is both grateful and surprised by the attention her son, Gage, is getting.

"Gage Gives Back" is an annual way for Gage, who was shaken as a baby, to give back to some of the people, departments, and organizations that are continually helping him with not only his daily life, but to achieve his goals and dreams. Gage and his friends and family are well aware that, as Gage puts it, "you should never hurt anybody, ever," and they are spreading the message as far as they can.

This year, Gage is fundraising for I.EM.Phit, an intensive, but fun, center that helps people of all ages to achieve their physical goals, but specializes in kids with special needs. Gage was featured in a FOX 9 news segment recently where his workout was filmed, and it was clear that they understood Gage to a "T." His #1 goal is to become a police officer. He talks about it, thinks about it, and lives it, and the workout that I.EM.Phit designed for him is all about taking care of the bad guys, while pulling weights and stretching muscles.

That's how the real police got involved! Since the segment aired, Gage has been supported by police officers from all over the state. A Goodhue County sheriff stopped by his house to say, "Good Job!" Officers from the Minneapolis police department surprised him at his workout one day, and the Columbia Heights police department volunteered to let him see how they work and to visit their officers, and try his hand at becoming a real police officer.

"Gage Gives Back" is trying to raise $5,000 for I.EM.Phit by November 11, the anniversary of the day Gage was shaken and had his life altered. This is a way to turn around the sadness of that memory, and make it a positive that everyone around him can help with. His mom, Penny, has asked that all those police officers touched by Gage's story help him by donating to this cause. You never know, but someday, Gage may be right there helping those officers and it will be thanks to organizations like I.EM.Phit and Children's Hospitals and Clinics, and people like occupational therapists and teachers, who help kids bounce back from serious injuries and regain their potential.

You don't have to be a police officer to help Gage with his program. Gage is a unique individual and you can't help but smile when you strike up a conversation with him. You can check out the Facebook page Gage Gives Back for a link to I.EM.Phit, or donate directly on their website. The most important message that Penny and Gage want to spread with their annual event is Never, ever, shake a baby!

For more information, see the Facebook page Gage Gives Back, the news segment run on September 25th, or call Penny Robinson at 952-270-9643.

Institute for Exercise Medicine & Prevention: www.iemphit.org

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