Toby Keith says he was diagnosed with stomach cancer

The country singer said he spent the last few months undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery following his cancer diagnosis.

WASHINGTON — Country star Toby Keith announced Sunday that he has been battling cancer for several months.

Keith said in a statement published online that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall and has spent the last six months undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

“So far so good. I need time to breathe, rest and relax. I look forward to spending this time with my family. But I’ll see the fans sooner than later. Can’t wait,” Keith wrote.

According to his official website, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee was scheduled to perform two concerts in Illinois and Grand Rapids, Michigan next week. He also had a handful of concerts planned from mid-July through early August. The Ohio State Fair, where Keith was scheduled to perform on July 28, confirmed the show was canceled and ticket holders would receive refunds.

“Our hearts go out to Toby Keith who is bravely fighting cancer” the Ohio State Fair tweeted.

The “Red Solo Cup” singer recently performed at the Heroes Honor Festival at Daytona International Speedway over Memorial Day weekend.

Throughout his career, Keith has stood up for those fighting cancer. In 2006, he founded the Toby Keith Foundation to help children across Oklahoma who were diagnosed with cancer. In 2014, the foundation opened the OK Kids Korral, which provides housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families while they are treated at OU Medical Center Children’s Hospital.

Just weeks before he announced his own cancer diagnosis, the Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raised more than $1.38 million for OK Kids Korral. Toby Keith says he was diagnosed with stomach cancer

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