Toby Keith shared difficult news with his fans on Sunday afternoon (June 12): he is battling stomach cancer. The singer detailed the treatment he’s been undergoing since his diagnosis in late 2021 and assured fans he was optimistic about his prognosis.
“Last fall I was diagnosed with stomach cancer,” Keith said in a statement on social media. “I’ve spent the last 6 months receiving chemo, radiation and surgery. So far so good. I need time to breathe, recover and relax.”
Although he is taking a step back from his career to take care of his health, the singer said he plans to get back on stage for his fans as soon as he can. “I can’t wait to spend this time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner rather than later. I can’t wait,” he added at the end of his statement.
Long before his diagnosis, the ‘Should’ve Been a Cowboy’ star was a passionate advocate for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Since 2006, his Toby Keith Foundation has supported children battling cancer, and in 2014 the organization opened the OK Kids Corral, providing free housing for families receiving treatment for childhood cancer in Oklahoma City, near Keith’s hometown. Just weeks before he announces his own diagnosis, Keith’s 2022 Golf Classic in Oklahoma City and Norman, Okla. raised over $1.38 million for the OK Kids Corral.