In the past few years, Toby Keith has become widely known for the work that he and his foundation have been doing to assist children who have cancer. However, in the past year, Toby Keith was diagnosed with stomach cancer and has been required to undergo chemotherapy in order to keep the disease under control. Keith only just made an appearance in public after being absent for over a year, and his charity has been praised for the outstanding job that it has done.
Toby Keith is a well-known country artist who gained probably his greatest notoriety for the uplifting songs he wrote and dedicated to the American troops serving in the Middle East. In 1993, with the release of his first album titled “Toby Keith,” the record achieved platinum status.
After writing a song called “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” that was inspired by the awful events of September 11, 2001, he gained even greater notoriety for his work. Despite the fact that the song struck a chord deep inside the hearts of service members, it was also the genesis of a conflict between Toby and another country artist called Natalie Maines.
Toby is well recognized for having collaborated with notable musicians like as Willie Nelson, and he has made a number of albums that have been met well by the considerable number of fans that follow him. In 2008, he also made a try at acting.
Toby is a devoted family member. In 1984, he wed the woman who would become his wife, Tricia Lucus. During the time that they were together, she already had a daughter by the name of Shelley under her care. Following the couple’s marriage, the singer adopted her kid and brought her up as if she were his own daughter.
Shelley’s life is kept extremely quiet, and she has given Toby the role of grandpa by giving birth to two of her own children. Toby also has another daughter who goes by the name of Krystal Keith, and she was born after he had Shelley. She was born in 1985, and much like her father, she has a deep-seated appreciation for traditional country music.
Krystal originally came to the notice of the public with her version of “Mockingbird” on Toby’s album in 2004, which she sings under the stage name “Keith,” exactly as her father does in the music industry. Later on in same year, at the CMA Awards, she and him collaborated to sing the national anthem.
The University of Oklahoma was where Krystal received her education. After completing her education, she was offered a recording contract with Show Dog-Universal Music, where she went on to release several extended plays (EPs) and an album named “Whiskey & Lace.” Toby was the creative force behind one of the tunes, “Daddy Dance with Me,” which went on to become one of her most successful hits.
In addition, Krystal used it throughout the ceremony of her wedding. In 2010, she tied the knot with Andrew Robert Sandubrae, and the couple now shares parental responsibilities for their daughters, Hensley and Kirby. Her bond with Toby is as strong as it was when they first started dating.
Stelen Keith Covel is the name of Toby’s third kid, who also happens to be a son. In his Instagram profile, he is described as an investor who works in Venture management. He was born in 1997. He finally tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Haley, and he took to Instagram to record the happy occasion. Similarly to Krystal, he has a wonderful friendship with Toby, with whom he enjoys spending time with and who he cheers on in all of his endeavors.
Toby made the announcement on social media in June that he had been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer for around six months. According to him, he was given the diagnosis in the autumn and immediately began coming in for treatment, which included chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Toby penned a message, which he then distributed on a number of social media accounts. It said there:
“So far, so good. I need some breathing room as well as time to rest and unwind. I can’t wait to spend this time with my loved ones and catch up with everyone. But I won’t keep you waiting too long to see me again, admirers. I literally cannot wait.”
Following his statement, all of the upcoming tour dates that had been posted on his website were subsequently withdrawn. Cancer, in any form, is a serious condition, and stomach cancer is no exception. It is responsible for the deaths of approximately 11,000 individuals each year and has claimed the lives of notable figures such as John Wayne, Fred Rogers, and Liz Claiborne.
Toby is planning to take it easy and spend as much time as possible with his family. Based on what he has posted on social media, it seems like he is on his way to making a full recovery.
Even before he was diagnosed with cancer, Toby was already assisting children and families who were coping with the effects of the illness. His organization, The Toby Keith Foundation, was established in 2006 with the purpose of “encouraging the health and happiness of juvenile cancer sufferers.” It has been fulfilling this aim ever since.
The primary mission of the charity is to provide children suffering from cancer with free housing. It launched the OK Kids Korral in 2014, which is a free home for children who are having treatment for cancer at The Children’s Hospital or at one of the other medical institutions.
The Toby Keith Foundation is of the opinion that maintaining the integrity of families as they struggle through trying times is the most selfless act that it is possible to do. The effort done by the foundation has not been overlooked by anybody.
Toby was honored with the SabesWings Second Annual Lifetime Achievement Award not too long ago; unfortunately, he was unable to be there in person to accept his award since he had a challenging week in his cancer recovery.
The only thing that he could do was record a video of himself accepting the award, which was a tribute to the heroic work that he had done with both his foundation and the OK Kids Korral. In the video, Toby expressed his gratitude to the organization for the award, and then he went on to elaborate on the role that the foundation plays in the community.
After that, he told the audience that the best way to make a difference is to choose a charity with defined goals to ensure that those who are less fortunate are being helped, and he concluded his speech with that statement. He also disclosed how proud he is that Ok Kids Korral is working hand in hand with SabesWing.
Toby has been absent from the stage as a result of his fight against cancer; however, not too long ago, he traveled to Lexington to watch the 2022 Breeder’s Cup race and stopped at the steakhouse, where he got on the stage alongside Ruby Friday. His absence from the stage was caused by his fight against cancer.
Toby’s diagnosis came in 2021, thus this will be the first time he has performed in front of an audience since then. Those who had the good fortune to be there said that the skilled singer gave a performance that lasted for more than an hour, and video footage showed him performing one of his older classics called “I Love This Bar.”
It has brought to his followers’ attention how much they are missing him, and many of them are hoping that he will make a complete recovery so that he may return to the stage and provide performances that are even more impressive than before.