Country music fans received some sad news this weekend when singer Toby Keith revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
Keith has spent the last six months undergoing treatment for stomach cancer
“I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery,” the musician explained. “So far, so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”
“I am looking forward to spending this time with my family,” Keith stressed before adding, “But I will see the fans sooner than later. I can’t wait.”
The Tennessean reported last November that Keith was being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Amy Grant, Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Rhett Akins, Kent Blazy, Buddy Cannon, Brett James, Spooner Oldham, and John Scott Sherrill.
News of Keith’s illness was met with words of support from fans as well as others in his industry, with the Academy of Country Music replying that it was “[s]ending love and support.”
ESPN anchor Hannah Storm was quick to offer words of encouragement as well, telling her friend that she was “wishing you much strength and healing.”
Keith was recently forced to cancel his scheduled performance on July 28 at the Ohio State Fair. It tweeted, “Our hearts go out to Toby Keith as he courageously battles cancer.”
Musician founded an organization in 2006 to help children struggling with cancer
The Daily Wire noted that Keith made an appearance late last month at Daytona International Speedway for the Heroes Honor Festival.
— Toby Keith (@tobykeith) May 31, 2022
According to its website, Keith created the Toby Keith Foundation in 2006 to provide “no-cost housing for children with cancer.”
“In 2014, the foundation opened OK Kids Korral, a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Stephenson Cancer Center and other nearby facilities,” it states.