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Hercules Star Kevin Sorbo Faces Multiple Strokes, Faith Strengthened

Kevin Sorbo is best known his lead role in the television series Hercules, the film Soul Surfer, and most recently for his role as the atheist professor in the movie God's Not Dead.

When Kevin picked up the script for God's Not Dead, he loved it right away. Having to play the part of an atheist professor didn't make Kevin feel conflicted as a Christian. He used this opportunity to open the conversation with his atheist friends. In an industry that screams for tolerance and freedom of speech, neither are present.

In season 5 of Hercules, Kevin was having troubles with his left shoulder. It was getting progressively worse and when he went to the doctors, they found a lump in his shoulder. Before he could get a biopsy, the lump, which ended up being an aneurysm, opened up and spread blood clots throughout Kevin's body. Unfortunately, three of the blood clots travelled to Kevin's brain which caused him to suffer three strokes. Two of the clots went to his balance and one went to his vision. To this day, Kevin still has a 10% loss of vision in his eyes. He also had to go through therapy to learn how to walk again due to the damage to his balance. Here he is, in the best shape of his life and all of a sudden he became someone who couldn't even walk. Kevin says it took him almost three full years to feel 100% again. This whole issue was kept very quiet because the show had been doing so well. It had just passed Baywatch as the most watched television series in the world and he had two more seasons in his contract. So Kevin's wife encouraged him to write a book to share what had happened to him. True Strength: My Journey From Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life is a motivational story about finding your own strength.

"We are all going to hit that brick wall one day. What are you going to do and how are you going to react to that? It really teaches you and hopefully lets people know not to let doctors, family, or friends set limitations on them when they have an illness that is life-threatening. It's up to you to push pas that and fight to get better again" - Kevin Sorbo

Kevin now runs his own non-profit organization called A World Fit for Kids which has been running for 17 years and is now the number one after-school program in the state of California. It deals on three levels physical education, education and real life. Whatever questions these kids have from 8th grade to 9th grade, they aim to be open and honest in answering these questions from balancing a cheque book to sexual education. They also work with physical education because this seems to be dying out in schools. When you look at parks these days, they are empty so A World Fit for Kids is aiming to change that and get kids back outside.

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