Mark Moore is a stroke survivor and full-time philanthropist. (Andre Chung/For The Washington Post)

Mark Moore, 56, is a retired business owner. After Moore had two strokes, he and his wife, Brenda, became full-time philanthropists. They have two children and live in McLean. Moore’s book, “A Stroke of Faith,” will be published in April.

Ten years ago you were 46, you were a businessman and you were more successful than most people can even dream about.

That’s probably a fair assessment.

What was your net worth at that time?

We had a business selling global IP services to the Department of Defense. We were probably doing about $150 million a year in revenue. I would say back then my net worth was somewhere in the $35 [million] to $40 million range.

So you were feeling pretty good about life, and then you had two strokes.

That’s right. I developed a blood deficiency that caused my blood to clot, and that caused the two strokes.

You had none of the risk factors.

No. Typically people who have strokes, the challenges are high blood pressure, which I did not have. High cholesterol, which I did not have. I didn’t smoke. I didn’t drink. I wasn’t obese. I exercised regularly back then and even to this day.

The stroke changed you physically, but how did it change your outlook?

I was scared. A stroke is very difficult because it’s physical and mental. It’s an attack on the brain. But I had a lot of support: my wonderful wife and a lot of friends. But I also had to turn to my faith. When I was sitting there that night after I came out of the coma, I didn’t ask God to let me go back to work or play basketball again. All I said was: Give me the strength to deal with whatever you send my way. That was different for me.

Had you been very religious before that?

My view back then was that Sunday was God’s day, but the other six days I was in control. This was the first time that I realized that God was in control every day. I would not have recovered had I not relinquished control.

So it was an awakening for you?

Absolutely. I could have kept doing those things after I recovered. I simply chose not to. Sometimes in life, you’re given a second chance. I became convinced that this was my calling to do something else.

And you started a foundation?

Yes, my wife and I started [the Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation] supporting causes that are near and dear to us. Our focus is on health care, education, culture and Christian evangelism.

And how much money have you given away?

We’ve given away $7.5 million to date.

Why did you decide to write a book?

Most people who have a stroke want to forget about it. But I would go and talk to stroke victims about my recovery and see that they were struggling the way I struggled. I thought if I could help people, I have an obligation to do that.

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