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Dave Robertson and his wife, Erin, have been raising money for the victims of the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa, Ala., in late April, but the Yankee reliever is getting some help from one of this weekend’s opponents.
The Robertsons reached out to Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who is lending a hand to help get one family in Tuscaloosa back on its feet. The family has a child suffering from DiGeorge Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that can cause a wide range of health and developmental issues that Dempster’s own daughter also suffers from.
“That’s the nice part about the baseball community; it doesn’t matter what team you’re on, when it comes to stuff away from the field, we’re all one big family. Hopefully we can help impact that family in Dave’s community,” said Dempster, who had never met Robertson until the two talked on the field Friday before batting practice.
Ward Simmons, the senior director of marketing for Hugo Boss and an alumnus of the University of Alabama, also made a $10,000 donation to the Robertsons’ foundation to assist that same family.
- MARK FEINSAND
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