Country star Toby Keith told fans Sunday that he is battling stomach cancer.
The 60-year-old award-winning musician gave a brief update on his medical struggles with posts on Instagram and Twitter.
“I was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall,” he wrote. “I have spent the last 6 months receiving chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. So far, so good. I need time to breathe, rest and relax.”
He added: “I look forward to spending this time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner than later. I can barely wait for it.”
Fox News Digital reached out to Keith’s rep for comment.
Following his announcement, the Ohio State Fair reported that Keith’s scheduled July 28 performance had been canceled. It’s unclear if additional shows on his tour will be rescheduled or rescheduled, but Keith has performed throughout his diagnosis, treatment and recovery process.
The “Red Solo Cup” singer garnered thousands of likes and supportive comments within minutes of the posts going live on his platforms.
“Stay tuned in,” wrote John Rich of country duo Big & Rich with a thumbs-up emoji. The sports world stepped in to show some love, with legendary quarterback Troy Aikman and pro footballer Chris Frederick offering their support for the longtime musician.
A long-time advocate for families diagnosed with cancer, Keith helped found Ally’s House in 2004, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping Oklahoma children with cancer and their families.
The nonprofit organization was named after Allison Webb, the two-year-old daughter of Scott Webb, Keith’s original band member, and his wife Lisa. Allison died of kidney cancer in 2003 before her third birthday.
Following in Ally’s House’s footsteps, he established the Toby Keith Foundation in 2006 “to advance the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients.”
“In 2014, the foundation opened OK Kids Korral, a free, convenient, and comfortable home for pediatric cancer patients treated at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, and other nearby facilities,” the mission statement reads the Foundation.
“There is no greater gift than keeping families strong and united during a difficult time. If we can relieve a family, encourage a brother or sister, and comfort a sick child, we will make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
His 18th yearbook “Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic on May 20-21 in Oklahoma City and Norman raised more than $1.3 million — the third-highest total ever. Over the years, the event has raised “more than $16 million for OK Kids Korral, the free home for families of children treated at OU Medical Center Children’s Hospital,” according to Keith’s website.
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