Back in the saddle again, riding for a cause

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Sharon Slayden said it will be a while before she, literally, gets back into the saddle again.

We met Sharon and her husband Bob Slayden back in September.  The couple was gearing up to make the more the 700 mile journey from East Texas to El Paso...on horseback.

They call themselves, Cowboys Against Cancer, helping raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society.

On September 28, they were almost done with the ride when Sharon and her horse, Shadow Bay were hit by a speeding truck.

"My husband pulse, no breathing," said Sharon.  "He put his hands on me and said, 'Dear God, don't take my wife away.' I'm here."

Just days after her accident, we visited Sharon and Bob inside her East Texas hospital room once she made it back to East Texas.

Doctors have now allowed Sharon to ride again--in her wheelchair, sitting on a trailer.  Sharon was determined to represent the American Cancer Society, riding on a float in Tyler's Rose Parade.  Normally, she and her husband would do so, up on horses.

"If it wasn't for all of our friends, the hospital in El Paso, the hospital here, the ambulance drivers that brought us home, I don't know where we'd be," said Bob.

Bob left the horses at home, Saturday.  Instead, he built a fitting float for his wife--complete with purple and white roses, the perfect colors to represent the American Cancer Society.

"Things happen to you, but we want people to know, no matter how bad it is, you can come out of it," said Sharon.

Sharon said she will be back for next year's parade, on top of a horse, of course.

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