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The family and friends of Johnny Arnold are uniting to raise money to help with his battle against ALS. Please show your support!

The Johnny Arnold Benefit fund will help retrofit the Arnold home to be wheelchair accessible.

Johnny was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in August of 2011. ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The motor neurons slowly die causing them to stop sending signals to the muscles. The muscles then have nothing communicating to them to move, and over time, with no communication the muscles get weaker and smaller. The life expectancy for ALS patients is 3-5 years, but with the right tools some patients can live longer.

The friends of Johnny Arnold would like to rally their love and support Johnny by helping him renovate his home to fit his medical needs. Johnny is all about family, where he is never far from his wife Donna. He loves to hang out with his two sons and his new grandson. Johnny’s oldest son, Brandon, is currently serving in the Navy and Keegan is attending North Texas University. Johnny along with his wife has made The Colony their home for almost 25 years. They have been actively involved in their community by coaching their sons’ sports teams, involved in school and community functions, and help out their friends and neighbors at a moment’s notice. Johnny’s greatest contribution is to Lakeside Community Theatre. He along with the rest of his family has spent countless hours creating, constructing, volunteering, and supporting the local community theatre. Johnny’s amazing carpentry skills and with Donna‘s many hours of sheer determination to help building, painting, publicity, grant writing, and contributions have helped the theatre thrive. Unfortunately with Johnny’s condition he is unable to do the physical work required to continue his construction of sets, but under his guidance and direction he continues to be a part of LCTs success. Johnny says even when he is wheelchair bound he will continue being actively involved with the theatre.

At this time, ALS has affected Johnny’s speech and his ability to walk, where he now relies on the use of a cane. Johnny is no longer able to make the hour long drive to and from Rockwall where he worked for Colmet Spray Booths for 11 years. Though he still has the use of his arms and legs, but both have weakened considerably. He will eventually need a wheelchair and a handicap-accessible house. The Arnold’s 20 year old home is two stories with steps that lead to the front of the home on a steep incline that Johnny has difficulty navigating. All of the bedrooms are located on the second story, as well as the only full baths. None of the doorways are large enough for a wheelchair to navigate through.

Johnny’s wish would be to have a bedroom and bathroom built on the first story in place of the former garage. He will also need the doorways to the kitchen and living areas to be enlarged to compensate for a wheelchair.

Johnny’s friends would like to help raise funds in this large financial endeavor. Donations to the Johnny Arnold Benefit Fund will be used to pay for construction to make the Arnold home handicap accessible. Any additional funds raised may be used for maintenance and needed repairs on the home as well as other medical expenses.

If you prefer to donate by mail, checks can be made payable to Johnny Arnold and sent to the Arnolds.

Johnny and Donna Arnold
4328 North Colony Blvd.
The Colony, Texas 75056
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