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Texas man rides through Camden for stroke awareness
Leslie Fender and Angel
Leslie Fender, a stroke survivor, sits atop Angel on Broad Street in downtown Camden on Tuesday. Fender and his 9-year-old quarter horse filly have ridden more than 9,200 miles across the country, starting in Dublin, Texas, to spread awareness of strokes, treatments and research. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C. So far, the two of them had traveled a total of more than 9,200 miles since leaving home in Dublin, Texas, two years, four months and 20 days before. “We’ve been to Naples, Fla., and Michigan for a doctor’s appointment,” Fender said.

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