Joey + Rory Fan Campaign Hopes to Send ‘When I’m Gone’ to No. 1
As Joey + Rory continue to cope with Joey Feek's terminal cancer diagnosis, their fans are trying to do something to bring a smile to the couple's faces.
Fans of the country duo are campaigning to get their song "When I'm Gone," originally released in 2012, to the top of the iTunes charts. The tune was included on their third album, His + Hers, and is the story of a wife telling her husband that he'll be okay when she's gone.
“I was devastated, absolutely devastated when I heard it and what it meant and coming from the person who is leaving their loved one,” Joey Feek says of the song. “That concept was just something that I had never heard or thought of before, and it really struck me."
Terri Clark and Ty Herndon have championed the initiative on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, respectively. The song, which is available for purchase on iTunes here, has already landed at No. 7.
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.
"I wasn't mad at Him. I wasn't upset. I was just greatly disappointed," Joey Feek tells the Tennessean. "I really thought we had it. I thought, ‘I’m going to be that exception' ... But for whatever reason, it wasn’t enough, and God had different plans.
"I was disappointed. I was exhausted. More than anything, I felt like I failed at something,” she adds. "... But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”
They have been spending time in Joey Feek’s hometown, visiting with family, friends and other loved ones, and on Nov. 9, Rory Feek revealed that, after an emergency hospital visit, his wife would be entering home hospice care. On Thursday (Nov. 12), Rory Feek writes in a new blog post, Joey + Rory's tour bus made the journey from their home to Joey Feek's childhood home, with about a dozen neighbors and friends, to visit and "tell her goodbye."
Joey Feek continues, "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.
"I’m really at peace," she says. "I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
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