Donors Respond to Family's Plight

The story of a little boy in need of a special piece of equipment that insurance wouldn't cover touched a lot of hearts. WOWT 6 News viewers have stepped forward with a solution.

The child’s mother, Ericka Clark, cried tears of gratitude Wednesday as she told us, “It’s just that he's probably going to be able to walk now.”

As a single mother and student, Erika couldn't afford a $5,000 Gait Trainer for her son Zane. The two-year-old has epilepsy but a therapist says daily home use of the device could help him walk someday.

Zane’s grandmother, Julie Clark, said that’s her wish, “for him to be independently mobile.”

As Fact Finders reported, United Health denied insurance payment for the trainer saying it’s not proven effective for Zane’s condition. So Erika’s friend Maria set up an online fund-raiser.

Since our story aired Tuesday night, there have been 14 donations to Zane's fund. The last one was for $5,000. That came from John Anderson who told Fact Finders that he hopes for a special thank you from Zane someday.

“Absolutely. I'd love to have him walk up and shake my hand,” Anderson said.

“And I'll make sure he comes and shakes his hand,” Ericka said.

The online fund for Zane now totals $6,500. That’s more than enough to buy the Gait Trainer and help with future costs of his care.

Julie Clark said, “Once he's old enough to realize what people have done for him, he's truly going to appreciate the investment they made in his future.”

Zane’s family says the donations show why they live in the heartland.

In light of the surge in donations, the therapist has put in an order for a Gait Trainer. Zane should have one within two weeks.

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