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Arcurio Fundraiser

71-year-old Frank Arcurio of Johnstown says he was always a healthy guy.

He loved to golf, spend time with his family, and work his job in sales.

“I’ve always been one to have fun. A good friend of mine said to me, ‘Life’s no dress rehearsal.’ I never forgot that. I enjoy life,”

All of that changed when Frank contracted COVID-19 in November 2020 and was hospitalized the day after Thanksgiving.

“I don’t remember anything until the first part of March,” he said.

Frank spent 212 days in the hospital.

He spent time in the ICU on a ventilator and feeding tube while battling infections and wounds along the way.

“They actually called the family in twice to basically say I wasn’t going to make it,” Frank said.

Frank’s family went from medical hardships to financial hardships.

At one point in his recovery journey, Frank’s medical insurances were depleted.

Frank’s wife Rose says the expensive copays were adding up.

“When they see a patient is not progressing to their medical director standards, they will deny coverage,” Rose told 6 News.

Frank went to a nursing home, and then to a rehab facility, before coming home in June.

He was greeted with a warm “welcome home” parade from his family, friends, community members, and even first responders.

“There’s a lot of good people in this world. Found that out,” Frank said.

It was March of 2020 since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Pennsylvania.

Since then, nearly 30,000 people have died from the virus across the Commonwealth.

Frank says he’s one of the lucky ones, especially since it hits close to home for him.

“I lost my brother in march from COVID. 55 years old. Heartbreak,” Frank said.

But Frank still has a long road ahead, setting goals along the way.

He uses a wheelchair due to paralysis in his arms and legs.

“My first goal was to eat spaghetti and meatballs. I’ve achieved that. My second goal is to walk, and my third goal is to drive,” Frank said.

Now, he’s pushing people to get the vaccine.

He even got both of his doses when he was cleared to do so.

“Please get a shot. Please. It’s so important,” Frank said.

In the meantime, Frank said he feels the support from his friends, family, God, and even strangers.

“I’m not going to lose this fight. I’m determined to win.”

The “Frank’s Fight” Fundraiser will be held Saturday, August 14th from 2:00 – 8:00 PM at the Union Social Club in Johnstown (57 Clinton Street).

There will be a basket party, a signed Penguins memorabilia auction, food and drinks, and prize giveaways to raise money for the family’s medical expenses.

 

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