Mott’s ‘Lego Guy’ Builds Relationships with Patients One Robot at a Time


ANN ARBOR, MI – It typically only takes seven words for John McInerney to bring a smile to the face of patients as he wheels his cart down the halls of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“Do you want to build a robot?” he asks one of his most loyal buddies, Bria Grays, instantly getting her out of bed on a dreary Thursday afternoon.

McInerney has built friendships with hundreds of young patients, simply by being the “Lego guy,” turning his lifelong passion into a nonprofit, Build Up STEAM, that allows him to contract with Mott for 20 hours a week.

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