Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and More Country Artists Send Well Wishes to Joey + Rory [WATCH]
On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26), RFD-TV and SiriusXM's Rural Radio channel (Channel 147) aired a five-hour marathon of The Joey + Rory Show in honor of Joey Feek’s ongoing battle with terminal cancer and in celebration of her faith and music. Later that evening, RFD-TV showed a special video, filled with personal messages and well wishes for the Feeks -- a video that is now available, in its entirety, for fans to re-watch.
Country artists from Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire to Marty Stuart and Connie Smith send their love throughout the 15-minute video, offering prayers and personal anecdotes to Joey Feek and her husband, Rory Feek.
"I've loved you for years. I have all your records ...," Parton says in her montage-opening message. She continues by thanking Joey Feek for covering her songs and being a fan, and adds, "We have something in common: We both believe in a higher power. We believe that, through God, all things are possible, so you keep prayin', and I'll keep prayin' for you ..."
McEntire, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and their entire band joined together to send a simple message from Nashville that echoes what so many fans, fellow artists and followers of Joey Feek's story have been saying: "Our hearts and our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this time, and we love you with all our hearts."
In late October, Rory Feek informed fans, via his blog, that his wife’s first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Stage IV cervical cancer did not help; rather, two quarter-sized tumors had appeared in the same area that the doctors had been treating, and several more tumors had appeared in her abdomen. In light of that sad news, the Feeks stopped all medical treatments, returned to their Tennessee farm and canceled all of their Farmhouse Concerts that were scheduled for November and December. They have been spending time in Joey Feek’s hometown, visiting with family, friends and other loved ones, and in early November, Rory Feek revealed that his wife had entered home hospice care.
“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up. But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God, and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me,” Joey Feek says. “I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
In February, Joey + Rory’s Hymns That Are Important to Us album will be released, with proceeds benefiting the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, in honor of the Feeks’ daughter Indiana‘s best friend Scout, who has Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. Meanwhile, fans and fellow country artists have been campaigning to get Joey + Rory’s song “When I’m Gone,” originally released in 2012, to the top of the iTunes charts.
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