05/17/17 — Benefit for man who suffered stroke while undergoing heart surgery

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Benefit for man who suffered stroke while undergoing heart surgery

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on May 17, 2017 9:57 AM

St. John Pentecostal Church in Bentonville is holding a fundraiser for one of its members, along with other local churches and fire departments.

William Johnson, who turns 71 this week, has farmed in the area for generations. He underwent surgery last December to remove a tumor from the back side of his heart and to fix an abnormality in his diaphragm so he could breathe easier.

Sometime during or shortly after surgery, Johnson had a stroke that left him partially blind.

His extended stay at Wake Hospital, rehabilitation and therapy has put the Johnson family under a tremendous financial burden.

To help, St. John Church and other local churches and fire departments will host a barbecue chicken or pork benefit Saturday at St. John Church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. until the food runs out.

There will also be an auction at 7 p.m.

"We are seeking donations in the form of monetary contributions and supplies to help defray the cost of the event, so that all the funds raised can go directly toward William's medical bills," said St. John pastor Jim Skinner. "We also seeking donated items for the auction."

For more information about the fundraiser or to make a donation, call the church at 919-689-9576.