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UPDATE: Eric Clark - Bicycling for His Family

NewsChannel 9 wants to take a moment to say THANK YOU for your incredible outpouring of kindness and concern for a recent 'Pay-it Forward' recipient.

Sarah Jennings spoke with Eric Clark to see how he and his family are doing after we featured his inspiring story a few weeks ago.

Eric is a young husband and father of four from Whitwell. He walks or bicycles to work each day. The grueling trek from his home to the Jasper Hardee's restaurant is 14 miles, one way. He says he does it for his wife and small children.

An upbeat Eric tells Sarah he is grateful for everyone's generosity.

Since his 'Pay it Forward' story aired Eric's family has received a much needed couch, a personal check in which they used to buy diapers and wipes for their babies, and another bicycle.

Several of you, our AMAZING viewers, have contacted the NewsChannel 9 newsroom, offering to help Eric with a car that would make traveling to work and taking care of his family a little bit easier. Eric tells Sarah he doesn't have a vehicle, yet, but is hopeful he'll own a car someday down the road.

Right now he is focused on his family and the health problems one of his young sons has been struggling with in recent months.

Eric, Jr., affectionately called "Little Man," has severe asthma and has required a great deal of hospital care and medication. Eric tells Sarah the small air-conditioner in their trailer doesn't work well and the intense summer heat sometimes triggers "Little Man's" frightening asthma attacks.
 
If you'd like to help the Clarks you can contact them at 423-658-8333:

The family is also in need of diapers, clothes and shoes for their children:

*Lexi wears a size 13 in shoes, 7/8 in clothes

*Madison wears a 9 in shoes, 4/5 in clothes

*Eric ("Little Man") wears a 6 in shoes, 2-3t in clothes

*Bentley wears a 4 in shoes, 18-24 in clothes

You can watch Eric Clark's story and other 'Pay it Forward' stories at NewsChannel9.com.

Just look for the yellow 'Pay it Forward' icon, and be sure to watch NewsChannel 9 Monday nights at 6 and 11 to see who will honor the next deserving recipient. It could be YOU!

Nominate your unsung hero, and Sarah Jennings may help you surprise your family member, friend or neighbor-in-need with $500 cash!UPDATE: Eric Clark - Bicycling for His Family

Tuesday, September 17 2013, 01:12 PM EDT

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