Scotty McCreery’s sweet duet with an ailing fan is one of our favorite moments of the year Facebook/Dustin Chapman
Facebook/Dustin Chapman

Scotty McCreery always goes above and beyond for his fans. Their relationship started when they voted him the “American Idol” champ in 2011, and it has only gotten stronger over the years thanks to Scotty’s very active social media habits. He’s constantly taking questions and sharing his random and hilarious thoughts about life via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

One moment that we’ll never forget is Scotty and his now-fiance, Gabi, surprising one of Scotty’s biggest fans with a lengthy visit at his house.

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Young North Carolina man Dustin Chapman has been stricken with an incurable disease (achalasia) that affects the esophagus’ ability to carry food to the stomach. According to Wilmington’s WECT, Dustin has had multiple surgeries to remedy the issue, but to no avail.

Dustin’s mom, Sandi, asked him what she could do to help him feel better, and he told her he’d like to sing with Scotty McCreery. Mama swung into action and Scotty was soon knocking on Dustin’s door in Whiteville, North Carolina.

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Scotty and his new pal sang together on the country stars’s 2013 Top 10 hit “See You Tonight,” and Dustin even performed an original song, “Break Me Down,” for Scotty. It was a sweet visit all captured on camera.

You, our Rare Country readers, had a huge reaction to this story when we posted it in June. Now, it’s one of our five nominees in the Rare Country Awards’ Fan Moment of the Year category!

It’s now up to you to decide the winner at Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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