Friends and family members are coming to the aid of a young Kingman man who faces the dark reality of ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that evolves into weakened muscles and ultimately respiratory failure.
Kingman fitness instructor Marni Lauck and many others are throwing a zumba party and yogathon for Andrew Arnold, 20. The November 18 “Shake Your ALS” fundraising event at the Kingman High School cafeteria is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
“I first met Andrew in a zumba class that I was teaching and he loves zumba,’’ Lauck said, explaining the background for Friday’s zumba party. “We wanted it to be about health and wellness and happiness and things that make us feel good, and yoga and zumba are two of those things.”
Admission and t-shirt sales at the zumba party are part of a fundraising drive for Andrew and his family. Mechant donated prizes for raffle drawings will also be up for grabs at the event.
“The doctors are saying that his prognosis is not good. They’re saying that probably within a year he could be on a ventilator,” Lauck said. She said Arnold indicated he and his family have never been to Disneyland.
“That just really broke my heart,” Lauck said. “So some friends and I decided that we were going to make sure that he went to Disneyland while he’s still well enough to go.”
In addition to the Disneyland trip, the fundraising drive is raising money for future purchase of a wheelchair, modifications within Arnold’s home, a special bed and other things the family will need during the struggle ahead.
Anyone wanting to help the cause can write a check in care of “Andrew Arnold for ALS” and deposit it at any Mission Bank branch.