Gospel singer, Michelle Williams is passionate when it comes to raising awareness about stroke prevention, education and treatment. For her, it’s personal.
“My father had his first stroke in 1994, and then again in 2005,” says Williams, who shot to stardom 16 years ago, as a member of Destiny’s Child. “The stroke in 2005 was devastating. It paralyzed him and left him unable to talk.”
Having partnered with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association on Power To End Stroke, Williams is also committed to curbing misconceptions.
“There are many types and levels of stroke,” she explains, citing transient ischemic attack, which is a “mini stroke” that occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow in the brain. Symptoms often last only a few minutes to a couple of hours.
Williams says regardless of the kind of stroke, knowing how to respond is crucial: “I hope the future of stroke awareness continues to reveal the dangers, and how important it is to recognize symptoms of stroke and how to react quickly.”