Scott Oake sits at the head of the table with sons Bruce, left, and Darcy. Bruce died of a drug overdose in March, 2011, when he was 25. (Oake family/Oake family)
Scott Oake with his wife Anne and youngest son Darcy, an acclaimed illusionist, who is performing a charity magic show at Manitoba Theatre Centre June 14 and 15 in support of addiction. (John Woods for The Globe and Mail/John Woods for The Globe and Mail)
Bruce Oake at a family dinner with his father Scott in the background. (Oake family/Oake family)
Bruce, left, was one of more than 36,000 people who died of a drug overdose in North America in 2011. (Oake family/Oake family)
“He was a difficult little boy,” recalls Bruce's mother Anne, a trained nurse. "He had ADHD, and they diagnosed him with Tourette’s, and he had trouble in school. ..." (Oake family/Oake family)
Bruce grew up boxing and playing music in Winnipeg. (Oake family/Oake family)
Bruce in the boxing ring as a young boy. (Oake family/Oake family)
Bruce's battle with an OxyContin addiction first put him in a hospital in 2007. (Oake family/Oake family)
In their Winnipeg home, the Oakes have a wall of photographs that has been dedicated to Bruce. (Oake family/Oake family)
Bruce spent time in addiction facilities in Winnipeg, Halifax, Toronto and, finally, Calgary. The drugs ranged from crystal meth to OxyContin and injectables like heroin. (Oake family/Oake family)
The Oakes say they want people to understand that drug addiction encompasses every segment of society. (Oake family/Oake family)
By Darcy’s count, Bruce, right, was in detox eight separate times. “He’d go to rehab, get clean and then come out, get his swagger back and be right back at it,” Darcy says. (Oake Family/Oake family)
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