Randy Travis. Country superstar. Now, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee.
Three years after he had a debilitating stroke, he stands for the first time in front of an audience, and sings a small section of one of his most famous renditions – “Amazing Grace.” While singing in general is a huge step for this superstar, what is another large accomplishment is something that we all take for granted – standing from his wheelchair.
Travis stands next to his wife and one of his great friends, Garth Brooks, when he accepts his award for becoming a part of the Country Hall of Fame. His wife gave a very touching speech about his recovery, and the amount of rehabilitation he’s been having to go through in order to simply gain some function back.
In 2013, Travis was hospitalized for a disease known as viral cardiomyopathy – a virus that attacks the heart cells and makes the heart beat slower. In his case, it actually ended up leading to congestive heart failure, which then caused the stroke. Over the past three years, he has had to endure the pain of multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehab.
Standing in front of the large group of country powerhouses including Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Travis received this honor along with two others – Charlie Daniels and Fred Foster. He brought the crowd to tears and a standing ovation with his awesome strength that he showed by singing this famous hymn.
Although his wife made his acceptance speech, he showed the world that he’s still here by singing the well known song. As his wife put it, “Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked.”
We are all so proud of you and happy for, Mr. Travis! We wish you nothing but more success and health as you continue to rehabilitate. Watch the touching video below.