Let's Talk Stroke!

Henry Clark Stroke Foundation

Talk Stroke and Listen To A Friend. A Medical Destruction of a Life: Henry O. Clark, Jr. Story and a play are due out soon. Currently, HCSF has four free programs: Annual Sharing Our Dream, Preventing Strokes conference, the HCYouth Stroke Club, Blood Pressure Screening and Seminars. 

HCSF was founded by Barbara Lewis-Clark to promote stroke awareness and to commemorate her husband Henry O. Clark, Jr. Ms. Lewis-Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from Wayne State University. She retired from the City of Detroit as a Purchases Agent III in 2001.

On September 13, 1997, at the age of 47 with 26 or 27 years seniority, Henry suffered a massive stroke while working on the line at Chrysler. He was in a comma for eight days. Henry would never work or drive again. But from the time Henry learned that he had suffered a stroke his attitude was "I can beat this stroke". Henry also worked for over ten years at the Michigan State Fairgrounds as a parking attendant and later as a supervisor.

The stroke affected the left side of Henry's body. Physical, occupational and speech therapies helped to regain old skills such as walking as well as new skills such as learning to use one hand to perform a task. Henry went from four wheels to his heel; walking 4 to 5 miles per day. Henry's positive attitude inspired many stroke survivors to overcome their everyday challenges to live a fuller and better life in spite of their disabilities. 

On July 3, 2001, Henry O. Clark, Jr. died due to intentional medical errors. Henry's work of inspiring people to think about their health and his dream of reducing the number of strokes and deaths due to stroke continues today with a Foundation named in his honor and strongly committed to his work.

You can help the Henry Clark Stroke Foundation's mission to prevent strokes by learning the risk factors and warning signs of a stroke. Listen to a friend, if you are at high risk for a stroke, see your physician and make the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce your risk. 


The Henry Clark Stroke Foundation

The Henry Clark Stroke Foundation is the first foundation in the state of Michigan to promote stroke awareness. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public organization that is dedicated to the prevention of stroke through education.  

The Foundation has received several accolades for its efforts to increase the knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs. HCSF gives presentations, distributes health information, and participates in other organizations' health fairs. In addition, HCSF has two copyrighted recordings titled Let's