Joey + Rory Feek have been fighting a tough battle with grace and endurance, and the state of Indiana has recognized them for their Hoosier spirit with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award.

The honor is given to individuals who contribute to Hoosier heritage and represent the values held in high esteem by the state: "Humanity in Living, Loyalty in Friendship, Wisdom in Council and Inspiration in Leadership.”

"Throughout her battle with cervical cancer, Joey and Rory have maintained their faith in God, while also providing hope and encouragement to family, friends, and thousands of fans that have been impacted by their blog and social media posts,” says State Representative Bruce Borders. "Important Hoosier values, such as loving others, serving one’s country, following one’s dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times — have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory."

The award was presented to Jack Martin, Joey’s father, on Feb. 17 on the couple’s behalf.

Joey recently fulfilled two special dreams — to live to see both the Grammy Awards this year, at which the duo had their first-ever nomination, as well as celebrate her daughter’s second birthday. The singer got to experience both.

The duo recently released a new record of hymns titled Hymns That Are Important to Us, a project close to their hearts that they committed to finish despite Joey’s diagnosis. They not only got to experience daughter Indiana’s birthday together, but also Valentine’s Day, which Rory was sure to make special for his wife even though she is confined to her bed. Family, friends and fans have rallied around the Feek family as they enter Joey’s last days, and the Rory has shared the experience along the way with heartfelt posts on his blog, This Life I Live.

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