GREENFIELD — Dave Barkes spent years as a nurse in the intensive care units of Wishard Hospital and Community Hospital North, helping extremely ill patients with their every need.
Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — known better as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease — in October, Barkes, 58, of Greenfield, has struggled to reconcile the fact that as the nervous system disease progresses, he will have to accept the kind of help he gave others for so many years.
Already, friends and family have taken up the charge, saying it’s the least they can do to support a man who built a life around reaching out to those in need. That support has come in many forms; from meals delivered by church family to donations aimed at keeping Barkes connected to the community he loves.
A community-wide effort to raise money for a specialized wheelchair-accessible van has been a major factor in bolstering …