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27 Kids Who a Matter: Jayvion and his bigs


MADISON (WKOW) -- A local couple is drawing from past experience to make a difference in one young boy's life.

Eric Henderson knows what's it's like to come from a broken home.

"I grew up in a house where there was a lot of alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence and pretty serious poverty, too."

He says the big brother he met through Big Brothers Big Sisters saved him from going down a dark path.

"One of the things that pulled me out was I knew there was a different reality than the one I had grown up in, the one my big brother had shown me."

To make the same impact on someone else, Eric and his wife Ann decided to become bigs.

They were matched with 7-year-old Jayvion.

"I was really taken back immediately by how well rounded Jayvion is," says Eric. "He's a great kid, great sense of humor."

They meet three times a month.

"Do lots of fun stuff, like at my house," says Jayvion.

"We've gone to some baseball games and got to do some pretty fun stuff in the midway, play fun games and stuff like that," says Eric.

Next up, it's football, and rooting on Jayvion's team.

"We played two games already. We won the first but we lost the second."

It's not just Jayvion who's growing through the relationship.

"It's nice to hang out with someone young who's fresh and open and wants to experience things that we get to do, too. That maybe we might be too old to do without having someone young there. I'm excited to see what the next two years will bring," says Ann.

Eric adds, "I just want to be there and able to help when the situation arises."

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