Darrell Oake is a freelance photographer who is well known in the communities of Bedford, Sackville, Halifax, Dartmouth and beyond.
Darrell worked at the Halifax Daily News for many years. Over the years, Darrell has made his living supporting his wife, a stay at home Mom and their four children, aged 16, 14, 12, and 9, working as a freelance photographer, for companies including Transcontinental’s The Halifax Weekly News, The Bedford-Sackville Weekly News and the Dartmouth-Cole Harbour Weekly News network.
In early November, Darrell began to feel weak, and was experiencing numbness in his feet, legs, arms and face. He was admitted to Dartmouth General Hospital on Nov. 7, and on Nov. 24, Darrell was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. As a self-employed free-lance photographer, Darrell does not have any health benefits or sick pay. The money he makes as a freelance photographer is the family’s only real income.
Those of us that know and love Darrell fear the loss of this income will leave the family with great hardship, terrible at anytime of year but especially tragic during the Christmas Holidays. We are seeking any help you could provide.
As it stands now, there is hope Darrell will be able to leave the hospital by mid-December, but will require much follow-up treatment during his recovery.
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