Country music superstar Randy Travis has made a rare public at the Four Rivers Outreach Banquet at the North Texas Regional Airport on Thursday (Sept. 18), where he was seen walking with the help of a cane. Travis suffered a stroke last year, after being hospitalized for viral cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. As of June, the Grand Ole Opry member was still unable to speak.
"Every day we go to speech therapy and physical therapy and occupational therapy," Travis' fiancée, Mary Davis, tells WFAA TV. "We're learning words and phrases; learning to sing. Of course, the music and the songs come easy for him ... he's working on it. He's got the heart of a warrior, and he doesn't stop."
"He knows that the road ahead of us is long and tedious, but he's up for the challenge," she says. "He's never, never shied away from it, never asked, 'Why me?'"
"If Four Rivers were to have to pay him to come and do a performance, it would be pretty astronomical," probation department spokesman Alan Brown says. "If you broke that down into an hourly wage, then he's more than fulfilled his requirements as far as his community service if you looked at it that way."
Travis may still be recovering, but that hasn't stopped him from sharing new music with his loyal fans. He released the single 'Don't Worry 'Bout Me,' in July, along with an accompanying video. The song is from his 'Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am' album.