Before 2016, Rory Feek and his wife Joey seemed to have it all. They were happily married, successful musicians, and had just welcomed a little girl, Indiana, into the world. That small piece of heaven on earth would unfortunately be short-lived.
In 2016, Joey passed away after battling cervical cancer. The duo went on to win their first ever Grammy and Rory's touching acceptance speech brought a tear to everyone's eye.
After the win, Rory devoted his life to raising Indiana, who had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. With the help of Rory's other children, Heidi and Hopie, Indiana has been making the most of things since her mother passed away.
No one was more instrumental to her happiness than her best friend Scout.
Sadly, it was announced earlier this week that Scout, 9, had passed away suddenly.
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My dear special friend, Scout passed away the day before yesterday. I am beyond devastated, as is everyone who knew her. I am not religious, but I do believe she was an angel on this earth. I am so thankful for all of the memories I have with her, and will carry them with me my whole life. I have posted the gofundme page to my bio if you would like to help with hospital bills and funeral costs. This is so hard to even type so I'm going to stop now. 💖
Scout suffered from Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, a disease that weakens the connective tissues in the body. The syndrome is primarily characterized by aortic aneurysms which, if not found early, can be a great risk.
Scout and Indiana had been friends for years, and Rory + Joey donated much of the proceeds from their final album to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation. Rory posted a touching tribute to Scout on his Facebook page and is asking for donations to help her family in their time of need.
If you can assist the family you can find the link to their GoFundMe page here.
The page speaks to Scout's optimism headed into 2019, but a poem she wrote brings comfort even in this tragic time.
"Thy year is passing from mine eyes. We've had thy sadness, anger, disgust, fear, and joy and surprises. This year was good, it really was. But now comes something new, something beautiful, something grand, something great. Sometimes you have to let go of the past so you may have a future.