Toby Keith is a country icon, and a man of faith.
The 62-year-old star is the first recipient of the Country Icon Award at the inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards Thursday evening.
Prior to the award show kicking off, Keith told Fox News Digital that he is doing “alright” and has leaned on his faith to help get himself through the hard times – such as his stomach cancer diagnosis he revealed in June 2022.
“I lean on my faith and I just pray and lean into it,” Keith said. “You gotta’ do what you gotta’ do, and I don’t know how people do it without faith … that’s what I did, it was my rock.”
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Keith is a longtime advocate for families facing cancer diagnoses and helped found Ally’s House in 2004, a nonprofit group that assists Oklahoma children with cancer and their families.
The nonprofit was named after Allison Webb, the 2-year-old daughter of Scott Webb, an original band member of Keith’s, and Scott’s wife Lisa. Allison died in 2003 of kidney cancer before her 3rd birthday.
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Following in the footsteps of Ally’s House, he established the Toby Keith Foundation in 2006 “to encourage the health and happiness of pediatric cancer patients.”
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