The man who inspired "Chairs for Charlie" loses battle to cancer

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 10:40am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 11:07am

A beloved Houston man has lost his battle with leukemia. In his final weeks, his neighbors banded together to do something especially nice for him, Jessica Willey has the story.

For Shellye Arnold this is a familiar route and it has new meaning, "We hope his spirit continues to live on."

She and friends set off on a dog walk in honor of Charlie George, her neighbor and friend who inspired Chairs for Charlie. He passed away from complications related to leukemia.

Just three weeks ago, he was the center of attention, Charlie George, "They put these chairs out for me. I think it's incredible. I didn't expect this at all."

Neighbors set out chairs so that the 64 year-old, who was getting weaker, could rest during his twice daily walks through Garden Oaks, with his dogs and cat, Blue, trailing behind, he had become an institution.

Shellye Arnold, "Charlie was really sweet, a sweet, sweet man and he did a lot for others and it was great others did for him as well."

Arnold helped organize the gesture. His wife told her it meant the world to him. For now the chairs will remain honoring him even in his absence.

Shellye Arnold, "It does make me happy to know we all contributed in a really difficult time for them, something that was wonderful for them."

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