It was nearly a year ago that Detroit News reporter Darren Nichols suffered a stroke while on the job in City Hall.

Now his colleagues are working to help Nichols pay for his medical expenses as he recovers.

Detroit News reporter Christine Ferretti, WWJ city beat reporter Vickie Thomas and the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists will host a fundraiser at the Anchor Bar, 450 W. Fort Street, on Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Nichols, 44, will attend the event, which is scheduled exactly one year after his stroke.

“I think a big part of it for Darren is the fact that he’s reminded people are thinking of him and they care. That’s what keeps his spirits up,” Ferretti said. “This is a way for everyone who’s been thinking about him to come out and talk to him.”

They have also started a GoFundMe page where anyone can donate to help. More than 40 people have donated within the first day.

Fundraiser organizers are also looking for donated items to auction at the event.

On Sept. 25, 2014, Nichols was at work inside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center when a colleague discovered he was having a medical emergency and called for an ambulance. Nichols was taken to the hospital and spent weeks afterward in a rehabilitation center. He later returned home to continue with his recovery and treatment.

Nichols made the news that September day, with Mayor Mike Duggan offering his best wishes to him and his family during a televised news conference about the city’s financial emergency.

Nichols went to Wayne State University and has spent more than two decades covering news around Detroit.

Despite some setbacks, Nichols says he has remained in good spirits and is focused on his rehabilitation. Mostly what he wants right now is to get back to his old life and see the people he would normally see on a day-to-day basis.

“The 25th is more than just money, it’s getting a chance to see people that I haven’t seen in about a year,” he said. “I’ve been in my world of rehabilitation and trying to get myself healthy.”

He says the support from his family, friends and colleagues “means everything.”

“When you’re in a situation that I’m in right now, it’s hard to grasp the kind of warmth and support you get from so many people,” he said. “Just come out and say hello, share a story or two and give me a hug. That would suffice for me.”

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