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Michelle Williams wants to do more than save souls with her gospel music. She wants to save lives by sharing her family’s history with strokes.

“My father had his first stroke in 1994, and then again in 2005,” the 35-year-old singer said in an interview withFuture of Personal Health. “The stroke in 2005 was devastating. It paralyzed him and left him unable to talk.”

Williams has partnered with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association by being an ambassador in a campaign called Power to End Stroke. The website warns African-Americans tha they run a higher risk of having a stroke that any other group within the American population.

Signs to watch for when having a stroke are facial dropping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Williams has said in the past that her father’s diet and smoking habits increased his risk of having strokes, but she also watched her grandmother suffer from a stroke in 2006.

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