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Feb 11, 2011 11:29 PM by Nicole Vandeputte

Emotional meeting between dying Pueblo woman and Nashville singer

On Thursday night, we told you the story of a Pueblo woman. She's suffering a terminal disease. She wrote a poem about savoring life. A country singer turned that poem into a beautiful song.
On Friday, emotions were running high as they met face to face for the first time.

Lucas Hoge met Natalie Fognani at Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Pueblo. He hugged her, then sat down and sang their song, "How was I to know."

The words are hers, thanks to him they're no longer trapped inside her failing body. Natalie Fognani is dying from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. She can no longer speak or use her hands. It hasn't slowed her mind. This song started as a poem that she wrote about living life to it's fullest. Hoge says, "It really was inspiring. I love the hook, how was I to know."

Hoge says, "I literally sat down with the lyrics and played the song one time through and it came out." Their song's become an overnight hit at KIQN Country 106.9 in Pueblo. It's Natalie's legacy, to inspire us to live. Hoge says, "I think this is going to open a lot of people's eyes. It already has."

Natalie spoke to us through her caregiver, Jessica Bond. "It was so beautiful. It was a dream come true. I can't believe god paired us up. It's awesome." They are a match made in heaven and, together they made beautiful music.

That song is available on I-tunes, search Lucas Hoge. On Saturday morning, you can also see him right here on NewsFirst 5 Today Weekend at 8 a.m. He'll be in studio to perform that song.

Click here to watch as Hoge performed the song for her for the first time.

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