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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.

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.

Our family and community is broken hearted over the sudden loss this weekend of nine-year-old Scout McCauley who is...

Posted by Rory Feek on Monday, January 7, 2019

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.

Farewell 2018

Welcome 2019"

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