Toby Keith Discusses His Battle With Stomach Cancer
Toby Keith, a country music star, is speaking out for the first time about his health. In the fall of 2021, the fan favorite was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has been receiving treatment since then.
Keith posted a message about his health on his social media pages. “I’ve spent the last six months getting chemo, radiation, and surgery,” he explained. ” Thus far, so good. I need to take some time to breathe, recover, and rest.”
Keith states that despite his struggles with his health, he will never forget his friends and supporters. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my family,” he remarked. ” But I’ll see the fans sooner rather than later. I can hardly wait. -T.”
Because of this news, it was unclear what would happen to Keith’s scheduled appearances in the next months. His website at the time stated that his next show would be held on June 17 in Wheaton, Illinois.
Following Keith’s announcement, the Ohio State Fair confirmed that his July 28 event in Columbus, Ohio had been canceled. Elaine Schock, Keith’s spokeswoman, stated that certain tour dates may be canceled as well, “but I’m not sure how many at this point.”
His website also announced the release of the singer’s most recent record, “Peso in my Pocket,” which was released last year after a lengthy hiatus from touring owing to Covid pandemic limitations.
Keith mentioned that the song ideas for the album spontaneously occurred to him while doing his favorite activity – running.
“I’d look at the song ideas I had on my phone before I started running, and then I’d take off,” he explained. “My time would be up before I knew it, and I’d have been constantly working, grinding gears in my thoughts about the tunes. I’d arrive home, turn on my phone’s recorder, and record what I could.”
“It was a terrific moment for me to write,” he added.
Toby Keith is one of the music industry’s mainstays. In 2021, he received the “National Medal of Arts,” described by the National Endowment for the Arts as “the highest distinction offered to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.”
“Toby Keith is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and humanitarian who has undertaken 11 USO Tours to date,” according to a statement issued by the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2021.
He has 32 number-one singles.
Keith, a veteran musician, has entertained American troops stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. He’s also played for past presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
Keith has long been a champion for cancer patients and will continue to be so. He founded the Toby Keith Foundation a decade ago to assist sick children and their families. When the “OK Kids Korral” facility opened in 2014, it provided a free, convenient, and comfortable location for children receiving chemotherapy to reside.
“Red Solo Cup” and “I Wanna Talk About Me” are two of Keith’s best-known tunes. Following the 9/11 attacks, he released the song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American),” which catapulted him to fame.