photo credit: http://ronkeel.com/index/
As reported on http://ronkeel.com/statement/ on December 30th, 2016:
Many of you already know my wife/partner/best friend Renee Keel has been diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. She will undergo 4-6 months of chemo which begins next week, followed by extensive surgery including a mastectomy.
We are so very thankful for all the kind words, support, love and outpouring of prayers and well wishes that have come our way.
Renee is the strongest and toughest woman I’ve ever known, and we both remain positive as we begin this battle together. Since we met, she has been my strength and inspiration – if she hadn’t come into my life when she did, there would have been no KEEL reunion, no “Streets of Rock & Roll,” no Metal Cowboy. Now I have the opportunity to prove myself worthy of her love and support.
I plan to aggressively apply all my energy and resources to her treatment and recovery. Obviously I have adopted a new hairstyle to show my support and as a physical and visual representation of what this means to me.
In the weeks and months to come I will be doing everything I can to generate revenue to help pay the massive medical expenses that are quickly piling up. I will be liquidating most of my primary assets, from our Nevada property (10 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains) down to every last $5 autographed 8×10 photo I can sell – and everything in between. I will be launching and releasing new musical products, merchandise, and selling unique vintage memorabilia from my career collection. So when you see me online pimping my products and personal items, you’ll know why.
Our dear friends at Hoy Trial Lawyers, where Renee has been working part time these past few months, have stepped up to lead the charge by establishing the Renee Keel Benefit Account/Cancer Fund for those who wish to help. They’ve made it super easy: you can donate by PayPal directly by CLICKING HERE (or login to your PayPal and send to firstname.lastname@example.org) – and you can walk into ANY US Bank in the country, coast to coast, and just deposit directly into the “Renee Keel Benefit Account” – you won’t need the account number or any other details. Scott and Char Hoy have generously offered to match the first $5000.00 with a donation from Hoy Trial Lawyers and Renee and I are forever grateful for their friendship and compassion.
I also plan to work my ass off on stage and off, doing every gig, session, or appearance that makes sense. I will carefully juggle any travel dates around Renee’s condition and treatment. So whether it’s BHB, solo acoustic shows, Keel, or the Metal Cowboy serving as DJ for your wedding reception, I’m going to do whatever I can do. The music will not stop, because she wants me to do what I do – it makes us money and it makes me happy, which in turn makes her happy.
I will also of course be continuing as your Master of Mid-Day Mayhem on KBAD 94.5 Monday-Friday at 10 AM CST, rocking your radio harder and better than ever. I will miss time here and there to be with Renee on the tough days – like next week when her chemotherapy starts – and I thank my amazing co-workers at KBAD for their support and for covering for me on those days.
My endless appreciation goes out to all the fans who have given me the chance to entertain you while living my dream and finding the love of my life. It’s good to know you’ve got my back while Renee and I begin this fight.
God Bless Renee And Ron Keel.