GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Iconic actor, writer and producer Henry Winkler visited KARE 11 Sunrise this morning to talk about a subject near and dear to his heart.
Winkler will be speaking about upper limb spasticity (ULS), a condition from which his mother suffered.
About a decade ago, Winkler became caregiver to his mother, who suffered a stroke. As a result, his mother developed ULS, a debilitating condition that affects 1 million Americans following a stroke. She suffered for 10 years with the condition before she passed.
At that time, there was limited awareness of ULS and available treatment options. Had there been greater awareness, Winkler feels, his mother might have had a better outlook.
Now, Winkler wants to encourage others to learn more about ULS and talk to a doctor about their options.
To raise awareness about ULS, Winkler has joined forces with nine national advocacy groups, including National Stroke Association, in the"Open Arms: Raising Awareness of Upper Limb Spasticity" educational campaign.
Winkler will be sharing his family's story as a way to raise awareness at two Minnesota locations:
3915 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422