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.
That’s probably a fair assessment.
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.
That’s right. I developed a blood deficiency that caused my blood to clot, and that caused the two strokes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve given away $7.5 million to date.
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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