The Christian Broadcasting Network

Browse Videos

Share Email

Stroke Leads Philanthropist to Stronger Faith

Author Mark Moore shares how suffering two strokes in two days led him to a personal relationship with Christ. Read Transcript

REPORTER: On Father's Day in 2007,

Mark Moore woke up in a hospital bed

after spending nearly a month in a medically induced coma.

He found himself an invalid with a hole in his head from life

saving surgery, and the former business mogul

wondered if he would ever walk again.

Mark Moore is a nationally recognized businessman

and philanthropist.

His generosity to hospitals and nonprofits

have helped save thousands of lives.

But just 10 years ago, Mark had two strokes just days apart.

He was only 46 years old, and fighting for his life.

But Mark says his strokes helped him become

the humanitarian he is today.

In his book, "A Stroke of Faith,"

he shares how nearly losing his life

helped him find his identity.

Please welcome to "The 700 Club" Mark Moore.

It's great to have you here, Mark.

MARK MOORE: Thank you very much, thanks for having me.

Let's go back to the beginning of your life.

You were born into a family of 10.

You were the second to the youngest, right?

That is correct.

And your family lived in a two bedroom home.

Out of the kind of day to day living

that you all had at that point, you developed an amazing work


I mean you were gonna get the job done,

and get it done right.

And that helped you to become highly successful

academically, but also in business.

When the stroke happened, where were you at businesswise?

Businesswise, I was at the height

of my professional career from a business standpoint.

The stroke was really, from a business standpoint,

some would say it was unfortunate from a timing

standpoint, from a business standpoint.

But everything else, it was a wonderful opportunity for me

to receive God's voice.

You were 46 years old.

You were in great shape.

When the whole thing started to unravel,

you were actually at one of your son's athletic events.

Well, this had to take you so by surprise,

you didn't see it coming at all.

Yes, I didn't see it coming.

You're right.

I was 46, I didn't have high blood pressure,

I didn't have high cholesterol, I wasn't diabetic,

I exercise, and I eat healthy.

I don't drink, I don't smoke.

It took me totally by surprise.

And I'll be honest with you, I couldn't

believe I was having a stroke at age 46.

When you look back though after you had it,

there were some signs along the way

that something wasn't right.

You were experiencing headaches that would kind of come and go.

That's correct.

In January that year, I started experiencing

migraine headaches.

And I did visit a neurologist, and they

were running tests for about five months

to try and determine what was causing those migraines.

They were not able to determine it,

and in turns out what happened here

was I develop a blood deficiency which

was causing my blood clot.

And that's what caused the two strokes.

Good grief.

Here you are, you go through this stroke.

It must have been so traumatizing for your poor son

who was with you.

Here's dad who's strong all the time,

and now he's having to call your wife to come get you.

You're telling your wife call an ambulance.

The whole thing unfolded so dramatically,

and then you woke up in a hospital bed

realizing that it was almost Father's Day.

But this had all happened when it was just

before Mother's Day.

That's correct.

What was that like to realize that a whole month of your life

had been gone?

It was shocking, and you're right, Terry.

When I had my last recollection was the doctor telling me

that he thought I had a mini stroke,

and I would be going home on Friday.

And this was the Monday after Mother's Day.

The next thing I realized was I woke up one morning,

and one of those early morning newscasts was on,

it was like 4:00 in the morning, and I

heard the news reporter says this week will be Father's Day.

And I was like, I can't believe it's been five, six weeks.

Then my wife came by the hospital and told me.

I said, what happened?

She said what do you remember, and I told her.

She's all you had two strokes, and major brain surgery,

and now we have a long recovery ahead of you.

And to your point I was devastated, shocked,

didn't know what to do.

But fortunately for me that night I

remembered the Scripture that my mother told us

when I was a young kid in New York City, 1 Corinthians 10:13

that God will only give you what He knows you can handle,

and with His help you can endure.

That was kind of a point of surrender for you, wasn't it.

When those words came back to you,

and because you, as anyone would have been,

were struggling with I'm here.

You've got tubes down your throat,

you've got a feeding tube, you're all wired up,

you don't even know what's happened to you.

You're very successful, you're very type A,

you're used to getting out there and doing you're thing.

And did you feel angry at some of this?

Yes, yes.

In the medical profession they talk about you

go through a range of emotions.

They talk about anger, and denial, and fear.

In fact, I went through all those.

I tell people when I wasn't angry, I was in denial.

When I wasn't in denial, I was scared.

When I wasn't scared, I was angry.

You go back and forth.

But the real key is in the medical profession

on the back end they want you to get to a point of acceptance

and hope.

For me, Terry, acceptance really was surrendering,

and hope was really turning to my faith.

How did that surrender come to pass for you?

It's funny, as I tell people, the best way

to explain the story--

I wouldn't say story, I would say journey--

as I was going through those two months of rehabilitation

after the two strokes of major brain surgery,

as my wife was driving me home one day from rehab,

I was lamenting what I perceived as my lack of progress.

As you mentioned earlier, a type A personality.

When I was in the wheelchair on Monday,

and when Tuesday came around I was still in that wheelchair.

I didn't know why I was still in this wheelchair.

I was complaining to my wife this isn't working.

And, Terry, I wanted to make changes,

and I told my wife hey, this isn't working.

I need to change up my speech therapist,

my occupational therapist, and my physical therapist.

And my wife looked at me and she goes,

Mark how do you know God didn't allow

you to have two strokes so you can

show people you can recover.

And the next thing she told me she said,

Mark I know it's difficult, but you need to trust God.

And that was two year point, that

was the key to serrendering.

I realized I needed to surrender,

and I really needed to really give up control.

And that's what surrendering was about, giving up control.

Talk a little bit about what the challenges for you were.

I mean, we see you.

You're dressed great, you walk out here, you sit down,

you're talking to us, and sharing your story.

But right after you came out of that induced coma,

you had some struggles.

You couldn't even tie your own shoes.

That's correct, and the recovery has been complete.

But you're right, back then I lost use

to the left side of my body.

I couldn't tie my shoe.

Terry, if I would have met you, I

wouldn't remember your name after five minutes.

Walking was a challenge, trying to get

in the shower was a challenge, driving was a challenge.

But today I can do all those things, and with God's grace.

The book is called "A Stroke of Faith."

What did God teach you through all of this?

First, a lot of things.

My faith had been strengthened as a result of my journey,

and I learned that well, you need to really lean on God.

And if we're willing to trust and surrender to God,

amazing things can happen.

God was talking to me all along when

I was in the business world.

I just wasn't listening to it right.

And as I went through this process He kept talking to me,

and fortunately I was able to listen.

And there were many things that went along the way

when my faith was being challenged,

and I wanted to quit.

He would come and tell me, Mark, don't quit.

Whether there was a gospel song, whether it

was my wife in the car, or whether it

was going to my church.

I attend Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Whether it was going to church on Sunday,

and hearing the pastor talk about sometimes

God gives the storms to lead us in a certain direction.

And that's what happened in my case back in 2007.

This was simply to lead me in a certain direction,

and change my life.

Can I just say also I have never met your wife,

but she is an amazing woman.

I'm reading this book going Brenda, who are you?

I mean really talk about a helpmate.

She stood with you through thick and through thin.

Yes, she is.

I would tell people for me as I went through this,

I tried to lean on my three F's.

My faith, my family, and my friends.

We talked about faith in terms of family.

My wife was wonderful throughout this process,

and my wife treated my stroke as if it was our stroke.

And it wasn't just my husband had a stroke,

it was our stroke.

And Terry, to your point, my wonderful wife, those six weeks

I was in the hospital, she slept in a chair right

beside my bed to make sure I was OK for six weeks.

And then when I went through rehab for 60 days,

she sat through every rehab session three days a week,

four hours a day.

Sat in the back room, and didn't say a word

as I struggled to tie my shoe, and to walk,

and to remember names.

You are no longer in the corporate world per se,

but you and your wife are doing some amazing things together.

Tell us about your life now.

Yes, thank you very much.

Obviously after I recovered from the two strokes

going through the process, I realize

when I was 51 that the good Lord had

allowed me to work in the corporate world for 30 years.

And He gave me wonderful opportunities,

and I'm very grateful for that.

But I really said to myself, if He's

going to allow me to live another 30 years,

I want to do something different.

I've retired from the corporate world,

and we now devote our life to philanthropy

and trying to help others.

And I understand that I've been given tremendous blessings,

and we owe it upon ourselves to try to help others, and lift

others up along the way too.

Yeah, you're doing it all right.

Trying to do God's work.

An inspiration to others.

Mark Moore's book is called "A Stroke of Faith."

It's available wherever books are sold.

We also have a web exclusive interview with Mark

if you'd like to watch that.

Just go to

Very inspiring story.

Whether a stroke is the thing you're facing,

or just hardship, God uses it all.

We'll let Him.

Thank you, Mark.

Thank you very much.



Related Podcasts | Do You Know Jesus? | Privacy Notice | Prayer Requests | Support CBN | Contact Us | Feedback
© 2012 Christian Broadcasting Network