Toby Keith has released a video saying that he can’t accept an award
because of his battle with stomach cancer.
Country music legend Toby Keith took to social media this week to reveal upsetting news to his fans; he will not be able to travel to accept his lifetime achievement award at The SabesWings’ Second Annual Strike Out Fundraiser due to the treatments he is receiving for stomach cancer.
Since posting the video, he has been met with an outpouring of support from his loyal fanbase.
Keith ‘Sorry’ That He Can’t Accept Award
In a video posted to TikTok, Keith said that he was honored to be given the award, and that he laments not being able to accept it in person.
“I’m honored to accept the lifetime achievement award from SabesWings,” the 61 year-old singer said. “I’ve been through a crazy year dealing with cancer myself and was unable to attend the event and I’m sorry about that.”
Keith proceeded to thank “all the folks at SabesWings,” and he then spoke a little more about the award itself.
“Bret and Kandace select individuals for this honor in three categories — servitude to a collection of people who are in need, making a difference in the lives of others, and the common thread to work cohesively with other groups sharing a purpose and passion,” he said.
MyRadioLink reported that Keith was referring to the fact that this
fundraiser was hosted by the former all-star MLB baseball player Bret
Saberhagen and his wife, Kandace. The fundraiser was ultimately a huge success, raising $1,046,000 for the SabesWings charity, which helps cancer patients that are in need of medical financial assistance.
Keith went on to talk about the work his eponymous foundation is doing with SabesWings to help cancer patients and survivors.
“My foundation, the Toby Keith Foundation, founded the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. We facilitate lodging and food and transportation to and from the hospital for the kids with cancer and their families while they stay across the street from the Children’s Hospital,” he said. “Helping ease that burden is the reason we started the foundation. It’s truly a dream come true.”