DETROIT (WWJ) – You may know him best as “The Fonz” from TV’s Happy Days, but actor Henry Winkler visited Detroit Friday to take on a serious role — spokesman for the National Stroke Association.
Talking to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Greg Bowman, Winkler said great advances have been made over the years.
“I met a gentleman last week in Winston-Salem and he said, you know, now that my arm is releasd back to my side, my finger nails no longer grow into my palm … I have confidence for the first time in two years,” said Winkler.
Winkler’s mother had a stroke in 1989.
“She had upper limb spesticity, and what happens is the secondary muscles in the arm freeze up and don’t let go and there was not much that could have been done about it,” said Winkler.
“Then about a year ago they found this new use of theraputic Botox,” he said.
Greg spoke with Winkler about stroke research, a little about his life as “The Fonz,” and what else he’s been up to:
Winkler was in Detroit taking part in the Brain Injury Association of Michigan Annual Conference.