Man Rides Horse Over 7,800 Miles For Stroke Awareness

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Winnie Wright
June 4, 2014

Quitman, GA - According to the National Stroke Association, 795,000 Americans will have a stroke this year.

Leslie Fender was one of those Americans. When he had a stroke ten years ago, he says he lost the feeling in his right side, until a doctor with the National Stroke Association tried an experimental surgery on him. And it worked. Now, Fender and his horse, Angel, are riding across the country raising awareness about strokes and encouraging victims to never give up.

"We do 30 to 40 miles a day. And we travel across the country. We go to VFWs, we go to hospitals, we go to places around towns, and we talk about my stroke and things like that", says Fender.

Fender stopped this week at the Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility in Quitman. But in true cowboy fashion, fender says his next stop is wherever the road takes him. For more information on the national stroke association and how you can contribute, visit