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Veteran Diagnosed with ALS Gets Special Surprise

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Each day is a battle for East Windsor, Vietnam veteran, Michael Krull since he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a debilitating nerve disease that has weakened Michael’s muscles.

As the disease spread through Michael’s body, Michael now struggles with everyday tasks from moving on his own, swallowing, to smiling, which Carolyn, Michael’s wife of 21 years said was the most crushing.

“I could either crawl up in a corner and say ‘I can’t do this,’ but I love him very much,” said Carolyn.

With faith fueling her resolve and a federal grant from the Veterans’ Affairs, Carolyn had their home remodeled to fit Michael’s new needs, including two ramps that were built for his wheelchair.

But Carolyn said one piece was missing. Carolyn described Michael’s difficulty in getting from the walkway near the ramp to the ramp itself. The next hurdle that Carolyn faced was the estimate from a contractor who said the walkway would cost $1,200.

“OK, I going to do it. I got to get him in the house,” Carolyn said.

Carolyn said she was in disbelief when she arrived home last Wednesday to find the brick walkway was complete.

Much to Carolyn’s surprise she learned that a team from A-1 Snowplowing and Landscaping had constructed the walkway donated from Proulx Building and Remolding, based in Stafford Springs.

 “I just started screaming because that was such a relief for me,” Carolyn said.

Michael is due to be released home from the hospital on June 21st and Carolyn knows he’ll be surprised to see the walkway and flash his familiar smile.

”He smiles and when he smiles his whole face just brightens.”

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