April 7, 2013. Joey+Rory, Joey Martin Feek (L) and Rory Lee Feek, arrive at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas. (Reuters)
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 ones country, following ones dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory.”
The award was presented to Jack Martin, Joeys father, on Feb. 17 on the couples 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 daughters 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 Joeys diagnosis. They not only got to experience daughter Indianas birthday together, but also Valentines 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 Joeys last days, and the Rory has shared the experience along the way with heartfelt posts on his blog,This Life I Live.