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Bentonville area benefit planned

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 9, 2017 9:57 AM

Bentonville area resident William Johnson underwent surgery last December to remove a tumor from the back side of his heart and to fix an abnormality in his diaphragm to allow him to breathe better.

His surgery went well, but sometime during or shortly after the surgery he had a stroke that has left him partially blind. His recovery period went from a few days to over a month. Since then William has almost completely recovered from the surgery but his vision has only improved a little. The extended stay at Wake Medical Center, rehab and therapy, along with a lot of medical bills, has placed the Johnson family under a tremendous financial burden.

St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church, along with other local churches and fire departments in the Bentonville community, are coming together to help Johnson with this financial burden.

A group of volunteers will be holding a barbecue and barbecue chicken benefit for him on Saturday, May 20 at St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In order to ensure the success of this fundraiser, organizers are seeking donations in the form of monetary contributions and supplies to help defray the cost of the event so that all funds raised can go directly toward Johnson's medical bills. They are also seeking donated items for the auction that will take place at 7 p.m. the same day.

Checks may be payable to the St. John Pentecostal Holiness Church and earmarked for the William Johnson benefit. Donations can be mailed to the church address above or to the secretary-treasurer of the William Johnson Benefit Account who is Mrs. Janice Edwards, 2063 Selah Church Road, Four Oaks, NC 27524.