Reporting John Lauritsen
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When we first met Andre Robinson in March, he did nothing to hide his creativity or boundless energy.
And that’s great to see, because Andre has come a long way.
When he was less than three weeks old, his dad dropped him after slipping on the stairs.
Andre suffered a serious brain injury, so he’s had to work a little harder than other kids to get where he is today.
And that’s what made Tuesday night so special.
“It says your name (on the back of my jersey),” said Andre to Joe Mauer, while Mauer signed his baseball at Target Field.
But Andre wasn’t at Target Field to meet his heroes. He has a very important job to do.
“I’m throwing out the first pitch tomorrow,” said Andre to Justin Morneau.
Thanks to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, 50 of Andre’s friends and family members will get to see his first pitch.
“He can’t hardly stand waiting so long,” Andre’s mom Kim Notsch said. “‘It’s taking too long,’ he kept saying.”
A T.C. Bear countdown at home shows just how long Andre has been waiting.
Kim said every day with her son is a miracle, and meeting the Twins and T.C. Bear is one of them.
“I started crying [when Andre was picked to throw out the first pitch],” she said. “I couldn’t stop. One of my co-workers was there and said, ‘What happened?’ Everyone at my work is excited. It’s been a month of excitement to prepare for this.”
Andre has limited use in his left hand and still suffers from seizures as a result of the brain injury.
But his mom said he is making progress and they hope one day he will be seizure-free.