GREENFIELD, Ind. — For most of his life, David Barkes has always been the guy that helps people. For the last 18 year he was an intensive care unit nurse for Community North Hospital. Now, he’s in the fight of his life.
Barkes was diagnosed with ALS last year. The use of his arms and legs has already been dramatically reduced, and he now has trouble speaking and swallowing as the disease takes its course.
Asking for help is unfamiliar territory for Barkes, but he knows he needs it more than ever.
“It’s been a hard pill to swallow, that’s for sure,” Barkes said.
What’s even more unfamiliar for Barkes is the response he’s gotten from those calls for help.
His wife, Pamela, says once the community learned of David’s disease, they immediately began to chip in. The community has helped to supply everything from weekly meals, to cleaning their house, even helping the couple …