Randy Travis, wife speak in front of senate committee for stroke awareness

Randy Travis and his wife Mary Davis (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Country singer Randy Travis and his wife helped raise awareness for strokes Wednesday afternoon as they testified in front of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

“Randy stared death in the face and death blinked. That’s why we are here today,” his wife Mary Davis said.

In the summer of 2013, Travis suffered a stroke. He has since undergone extensive treatment and therapy to regain his voice.

“We had heard that three to six months after the stroke is pretty much where your care is going to be for the rest of your life,” Davis said. “I don’t accept that because we have seen so many changes. We have come a long way now.”

Short standing ovation for Randy Travis as he gets out of his wheel chair before addressing Tennessee Senate committee. (Photo: WKRN)
Short standing ovation for Randy Travis as he gets out of his wheel chair before addressing Tennessee Senate committee. (Photo: WKRN)

The couple said the main purpose for their testimony Wednesday was to offer hope to others who had suffered strokes and to encourage them in their recovery.

“I speak to the family members and to the medical field to never give up. Not ever to steal that hope. Giant baby steps do make a difference,” Davis said.

Last fall, during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Travis sang for the first time since suffering the stroke more than three years earlier.

Less than a month later, he sang part of his classic song, “Forever and Ever, Amen” at the 50th annual CMA Awards.

On Tuesday night, more than 30 country stars and performers, including Alison Krauss, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Scotty McCreey, Chris Young and Garth Brooks, among others, are all participating in a special concert honoring Travis.

Tickets to the show are still available and the concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.