Christmas came early for Joey Martin Feek and her family because she has been able to get out of bed and spend the holidays with her family, plus a surprise visitor arrived to spread holiday cheer.
Rory Feek, Joey Martin Feek's husband, revealed via his blog that Santa Claus paid them an early visit in Alexandria, Indiana this week. Santa, who sported a real beard, came bearing gifts from the couple's friends, according to USA Today.
The visit was special for Feek because she was able to witness her 22-month-old daughter Indiana's first Kris Kringle experience. Santa said he was nervous about the visit because he was not sure if the country singer was feeling well enough to accommodate visitors, but Feek immediately took delight in him. The little girl, however, took some time before getting comfortable with the bearded guy, the report details.
"I think once he saw my bride sitting on the couch and smiling when he came in, and enjoying the evening… he settled in and hopefully had as good a time as we did," Rory said in his blog. "What a blessing this evening was. Indy's first time to meet Santa Claus… and Joey and I's first chance to get to know him a little better."
Last year, Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer and was subjected to surgery to treat the illness. Just this summer, however, the cancer returned and continued to grow despite months of treatment, the report relays.
In October, Feek decided to stop the treatments and aimed to live through Christmas. Because the Joey+Rory duo got nominated for the Grammy awards, she also set another goal to survive until Feb. 15 to witness the awards night.
Meanwhile, Nashville-based songwriter Tyler Hayes was so touched by Feek's story that he decided to write a song for her. Last month, he posted "Joey's Song" on YouTube and it has racked up more than 125,000 views as of Dec. 20, the Inquistr reports.
In a statement on Facebook, Hayes said the Feek family's experience right now cannot be described with mere words. He wrote "Joey's song" to remind them that Joey Martin Feek will never leave her family and loved ones no matter what happens in the near future. He explained that she may physically die, but her presence will live on.