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Getting by with a little help from friends

Updated: January 6, 2012, 6:58 PM ET
By Marty Dobrow | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Robo is all alone -- once again.

On a Wednesday afternoon in late December, inside four walls in Chestnut Hill, Mass., Robo Arcand is the only human being in the world. It would be easy -- if a tad excruciating -- to travel back to that other time of aloneness.

It wasn't that many years ago, really, back in first grade, when he kept pulling the blankets over his eyes at Boston Children's Hospital. He was trying to block out the light, the fluorescent assault that seemed to drill ...

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