Therapists Start Mr. Penny Van Fund

By: Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL – Auburn's biggest fan, push-up king, and Auburn crosswalk guard for 37 years Johnny Richmond or as many call him Mr. Penny is in great spirits.

“I'm doing fine, by the grace of god I'm doing fine,” Richmond said.

But, now, even more good news may come his way.  Two of Richmond's therapists, including Jamie Hartford, have started the Mr. Penny Van Fund.  This will help buy a wheelchair accessible van for Richmond, who has been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head since February of last year, leaving him in a wheelchair.

“Currently mister penny has been discharged from home healthcare,” Hartford said.  “And, that's one of the reason that he really needs this van.”

“If enough money is raised, the van will bring him to RehabWorks in Opelika.  That is where he'll begin his next phase of recovery, outpatient therapy.

 “If he could go to the outpatient clinic he could get physical, and occupational, and speech therapy all at one location,” Hartford said.

Richmond's wife, Lula, said she feels blessed, not only to have this fund, but also blessed to see her husband recover so well.

“Johnny, you know he's in his right mind,”  Lula Richmond said.  “He's just doing really good.  I thank God for his progress.”

“I thank God that I am able to see and hear and talk,”  Richmond said.

The therapists said they hope to raise at least $10,000 for van.  An act of giving back to a man they said has given so much to the Auburn community. 

To donate to the Mr. Penny Van Fund,  send checks to Auburn bank 100 north gay street auburn Alabama 36830 attention Moriah Taylor.


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