Matt Arnold, an ‘inspiration’ for people with disabilities, passes away

Matt Arnold, an ‘inspiration’ for people with disabilities, passes away

Bay City Times | August 23, 2011 | By Zachary Reichard

BAY CITY — After a battle with liver failure and pneumonia, disability advocate and member of New Dimensions staff Matt Arnold has passed away at 52.

Arnold, a Bay City native, suffered from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a form of Muscular Dystrophy, which confined him to a wheelchair at a young age.

“He was absolutely wonderful,” New Dimensions’ executive director Patsy Powell said. “He was an inspiration to everyone who worked here.”

Arnold, who was featured in a Bay City Times story in 2008, never let the challenges he faced bring him down, his mother Patricia said.

“His handicap never held him back at all, he would just go go go all the time,” Patricia said. “Nothing stopped him, he fought everyday.”

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