Stephanie's Heroes: Big Brother

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

April 4th, 2011

From helping with homework to teaching life skills a Nelson County teen is shaping a young life in Charlottesville.

In this week's Stephanie's Heroes we're recognizing Matt Simpson and the work he does with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Blue Ridge

Matt Simpson is a busy 19-year-old. He attends college, has a job and for 3 hours a week he spends time with 10-year-old
Gregory Robertson.

“He's a great kid. I met him last September and we just hit it off. He's really cool and nice to hang out with,” said Matt, Simpson, Big Brother.

At 5 years ago Robertson experienced a tragic incident, that left him in a hospital bed. Physically hurt and mentally drained he became shy and withdrawn.

But thanks to Matt Simpson life is much different now.

“I think he has helped me get over things. I just wanted somebody to hang out with and he came in for me and played with me and let me hang out with him," said Gregory Robertson, Little Brother.

While Simpson remains humble about what he's done. Robertson's mother calls him a "hero" for giving Gregory hope.

“I've seen happiness come to my sons face. I've seen my son every weekend get dressed and fix his hair and get ready to go on outings with Matt and the thing is they are doing things that really don't cost money. Its just the gift of time,” said JoAnn Robertson, Mother.

Although, Simpson never planned on being a big brother he says it's hard to imagine life any other way.

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