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Community rocks Spring Park to support Monica Arnold's fight

Don Coble
Posted 6/6/24

GREEN COVE – For Monica. Last Saturday, the Rock the Park for Monica was more than a fundraiser to offset medical bills. It was a revival of community spirit, where people united for a cause worth …

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Community rocks Spring Park to support Monica Arnold's fight


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GREEN COVE – For Monica.

Last Saturday, the Rock the Park for Monica was more than a fundraiser to offset medical bills.

It was a revival of community spirit, where people united for a cause worth more than a deposit slip can hold.

“It was important because Monica realized she’s not in this alone,” her husband, Terry Arnold, said. “She needs those positive moments.”

Monica Arnold is fighting a rare form of cancer, her husband said.

Last April, Sheriff Michelle Cook and Signal 35 Board Member Judson Sapp presented the Arnold family with a check for $1,000 from the Signal 35 Fund, a nonprofit community-back initiative that helps law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency management teams during crises.

Terry Arnold, the Green Cove Springs Police Department's Training and Accreditation Manager, was surrounded by fellow law enforcement officers, residents and friends. They came to bid on items, eat at food trucks and hear hours of music.

Really great music.

Duval County Line and two members of the Curt Towne Band – Towne and bassist Greg “GT” Thompson, jammed for nearly an hour. They talked about helping the Arnolds and decided to play together in a rare performance. They texted which songs both sides knew, and they worked out a plan on stage, DCL’s Paul Wane said.

It was electric.

Four other artists, including local band Doc Mocassin, also played.

Over $10,000 was collected through the auction, donations, and 50/50 raffles, and more money was still being collected on Monday.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for her medical bills. To help, visit Monica’s Fight at gofundme.com.