CYNTHIANA, Ky. — A local teenager who affected many people in the town of Cynthiana and in Harrison County died in September 2021 from a brain tumor.

Those who knew him say he was caring and compassionate, and a group of people have partnered to create a foundation to honor his memory and do what they believe he would have done. 

What You Need To Know

  • Clayton Arnold is described as caring and compassionate by those who knew him

  • He died in September 2021 at age 19 from a brain tumor

  • The Clayton Arnold Foundation was created in his honor to benefit needy children

  • Was made honorary member of Cynthiana Police Department

The Clayton Arnold Foundation began in early 2022 and will provide local children ages birth to 18 who “have experienced a crisis with essential items they need to continue to thrive, through the memory of a small-town boy who touched so many,” according to its website. 

“Clayton had a big heart and caring soul,” said Crissy Bell, secretary and board member of the Clayton Arnold Foundation. “He always wanted to be involved in helping others. This is our way to honor his legacy.”

Clayton Arnold, a Harrison County teenager, died from a brain tumor in September 2021. The Clayton Arnold Foundation has been created in his honor to provide children in crisis with clothes and supplies. (The Clayton Arnold Foundation)

A cruise-in and vendor fair is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the parking lot between City Bank and Lee’s in downtown Cynthiana to raise money for the foundation. There will be food trucks, music, a silent auction and door prizes. 

Arnold was 8 years old on Dec. 29, 2010, when he was first diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma with Hydrocephalus, a type of brain cancer. With Craniopharyngioma with hydrocephalus, as the tumor grows, it may block the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This causes a build-up of fluid within the brain known as hydrocephalus. The fluid causes the fluid-filled pathways, or ventricles, in the brain to widen and increases pressure on the brain. Many of the symptoms of craniopharyngioma are due to increased intracranial pressure.

Clayton started having headaches and a CT Scan revealed a brain tumor. He was transported from Georgetown Community Hospital to Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Doctors removed a small portion of the tumor during surgery on Jan. 7, 2012. Clayton then endured 29 radiation treatments at Markey Cancer Center to treat the part of the tumor that was not removed. 

The tumor returned in 2019. Following another surgery to remove the tumor, this time at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, complications left Clayton blind. He spent 167 days in the hospital after the surgery, during which he had two strokes. He had to learn to walk again through outpatient rehabilitation at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana. 

Always wanting to be a police officer, he was sworn in as an honorary member of the Cynthiana Police Department on Sept. 1, 2021, and given badge No. 59. He passed away three days later on Sept. 4, 2021, at age 19. 

The son of Rick and Jackie Arnold, Clayton was a 2020 graduate from Harrison County High School. The fundraiser is in conjunction with May being National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. 

Monetary donations can be made anytime online on the foundation’s website. Call 859-588-0255 to arrange donating items.