Dave Has ALS. Dave Needs a Van. Please Help Dave Barkes!

For: Dave Barkes P.O. Box 1048 greenfield in 46140
Greenfield, IN
Organizer: Family and Friends of Dave Barkes
$35,803
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 266 donors
71% Complete
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The Story

On February 17, 2017, Dave and Pam together with friends and family began this fundraiser page with the purpose of raising enough money to purchase a van with a wheelchair ramp. From the very beginning Dave and Pam were apprehensive to ask others for help. Asking for help is a very new experience for Dave and Pam.  Just over six months ago, Dave was diagnosed with ALS and given 6 to 24 months to live. Since the diagnosis, Dave’s stamina, strength, and mobility have been decreasing with each passing day. With Dave unable to work and disability payments delayed, it is becoming apparent that Dave and his family are in a position where they need help from others for the first time in their lives.

Dave Barkes is from Greenfield Indiana. He has been married to Pam Barkes for 25 years. They have four children Katie, Kyle, Connor and Cameron with ages ranging between 14 and 23.  Pam runs an in home daycare while Dave has worked as a nurse in Intensive Care at Community Hospital for over 28 years.

Pam continues to run their in-home daycare as she has for years, but their income has been stretched very thin due to Dave's inability to work. If you have come to this you giving web page, we would like to ask that if you haven't made a financial contribution to Dave, please give something. Any amount will help Dave no matter how small. We are hoping to reach our goal by having many people give a small amount. Austin from Team Gleason told us that ALS requires a village and it is evident through all of the outpouring of love shown to Dave and Pam that a village of support exists. We are grateful, blessed, and feel overwhelmed by all of the love and support family, friends, and people who have never met Dave are showing.

When we meet our goal, Dave and Pam will pay off the balance of the van that they have financed. Dave would like to use the rest of the money to travel to see the ocean one last time. This trip is already in the process of being scheduled around Memorial Day Weekend at Daytona Beach. Dave has been offered the use of a timeshare and a hotel stay to have his wish realized.

In addition to financial support, we are asking that you send cards and letters to Dave at the P.O. Box we have set up for him.

Dave Barkes
P.O. Box 1048
Greenfield, IN 46140

This fundraising journey has been filled with inexpressible feelings of happiness and appreciation for what everyone involved have done. We would like to thank Lana Hayes, Nia Hayes, The Indianapolis Star, Fox 59 Indianapolis, WISH TV 4 Indianapolis, USA Today, MSN, AOL, Greenfield Daily Reporter, and Geft Outdoor for sharing our story locally and nationally. To steal and modify a quote from Forrest Gump, "This fundraiser is like a box of chocolates and each day we never know what we are gonna get." God Bless you all and thank you for helping Dave Barkes. Please spread this fundraiser by asking people to continue to ask others to go to helpdavebarkes.com. That will redirect to this YouCaring page. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 5, 2017

Posted on April 5, 2017

Dave was on Tv again last night and this morning on WTHR channel 13.  

I have added screen shots with instructions of how to find most of the times Dave has been on television or in newspapers in the last month and a half. 

You up can see thes by going to
helpdavebarkes.com
and looking at institutions in first several pictures. 

Please share this message. The love you have been sending to Dave and Pam has been very uplifting. 

Together we we have raised $34,000

I would encourage you to go to the sites that are explained in the pictures. Watch the videos and read the stories about Dave and Pam.  

Thank you you to everyone who has been a part of this journey the Barkes family is  on. 

If anyone wants to give directly or send a note of encouragement a He can be reached at. 

P.O. Box 1048
Greenfield, IN 46140

Posted on March 31, 2017

Posted on March 31, 2017

Dave and Pam are only $14 away from $33,000.  Please share and give.  Offline donations can be sent to PO Box 1048 Greenfield, IN 46140.

If you can give again to Dave please do.  If you cannot give, please ask others to give.  

For those of you who get a tax refund, we are asking you to give a portion of that to bless Dave and Pam.

Please continue to share Dave's story with your friends and families.

Thank you for all the support and love that has been shown to Dave.


Posted on March 24, 2017

Posted on March 24, 2017

Hello, 

My wife and I are the organizers of this fundraiser.  Tonight, I found $9 in my pocket.  I decided to give that directly to Dave.

We are trying to get others to give their left over change in a pocket or a jar to Dave.

If you are interested in giving your pocket change directly to Dave, please call or email me.

I will make arrangements to get this cash counted and directly to Dave.

My brother in law and sister gave close to $300 in change they had been collecting in a 5 gallon jug.

She assured me others have change to give.

If interested in giving your change to Dave, please call or email me.

Michael Hurst
317 448 3435
[email protected]

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