Monday, January 3, 2011

January 3: Speaking For 6 Million Stroke Survivors

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Contrary to what too many people think, the problem is not seeing Dick Clark on New Year's Eve.

The problem is that we don't get to see enough of him the rest of the year.

Clark survived a stroke in 2004. Besides short appearances on his "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials, he still produces numerous programs, including the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes telecast.

In other words, he's still a functioning human being, just like actor Kirk Douglas and the other stroke survivors - more than 6 million - in the United States.

Since the stroke, Clark doesn't have the golden voice that was his hallmark as a television and radio host. Apparently, that offends some people.

That's unfortunate, because Clark's voice as a stroke survivor is more important now than it ever was when he hosted "American Bandstand."

Every New Year's Eve that America sees him is a hallmark for fellow survivors and their families.

Happy New Year, Mr. Clark - and Mr. Douglas, and the rest of the 6 million plus. You've all earned it.

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