DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Oregon District community has come together to support one of their own.
Brad Darrell, a tattoo manager at Glenn Scott’s on Fifth Street had a strep infection that traveled through his body. Three weeks ago he suffered from a massive stroke. He’s now in recovery, but dealing with new medical issues. His close friends say he needs open heart surgery and has a blood clot in his brain.
His friends and colleagues in the Oregon District are pulling together to raise money for Darrell’s medical bills. His friend, Jim Collins, owns the competing tattoo shop right next door to Glenn Scott’s.
Collins says Darrell is like a brother to him and everyone on the block knows him well.
“We refer to him as the mayor, the ambassador. He just likes to network and talk to people,” said Collins.
Prayers for 38-year old Darrell and get well wishes are posted throughout Fifth Street.
The ‘mayor’ as he’s called has touched many lives with just a simple hello. Now, all those people are giving back.
“He would do it for me, he would do it for you. He would do it for anybody and if anybody deserves it, it’s Brad,” said Collins.
Friday night stores and restaurants along Fifth Street donated a portion of their sales to help with Darrell’s medical bills. Organizers also held a raffle giving away prizes donated by businesses across the Miami Valley showing their support.
“He’s got a long road of recovery and we all have our fingers crossed. Keeping that positive mental attitude and a lot of people are praying for him,” said Collins.
For Landon McKibben an Oregon District regular, the Oregon District hasn’t been the same without Darrell standing outside the tattoo shop waving to as people walk by.
“It’s hard to see one fall like that, but I think he’s doing well,” said McKibben.
While Darrell may have fallen, his friends and colleagues are there to catch him.
“It’s not political, it’s not religious, it’s what we do as a family of downtown and it’s really blown my mind to see how many people are coming together. It’s awesome,” said McKibben.