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Anthony Rizzo reaches out to young Cubs fan beaten by classmate

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took to Twitter Monday to send support to Henry Sembdner, a 12-year-old middle school student who was placed into a medically induced coma after being viciously beaten by a classmate.

The 7th grader at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin, Ill., was slammed to the ground during the incident last Friday, according to police. He suffered multiple facial fractures and a significant brain injury after bumping into the fellow student, who was later taken into police custody.

Sembdner was out of his coma Sunday and doing better according to his family but remains unable to talk.

Rizzo took notice of an ABC 7 Chicago story on Twitter and decided to reach out to the young Cubs fan. The first baseman promised Sembdner tickets and batting practice passes for a game at Wrigley Field next season.

Students at Sembdner’s school are wearing Cubs gear on Tuesday and Rizzo said he will retweet any images of the demonstration of support he comes across.

Rizzo kept his word and began retweeting pics of Henry’s classmates wearing Cubs gear Tuesday morning.

Two GoFundMe pages have been set up for Henry, with hundreds of people donating thousands of dollars, per the Chicago Tribune. Rizzo coming out to support Henry on social media is sure to help with the fundraising.