We wanted to give everyone a quick update on Renée's progress. Last Friday marked the halfway point in the chemotherapy treatments; 4 down and 4 to go. Getting chemotherapy in the rear view mirror will be a big deal! Rockin' a bald head is great for a time saver in the shower, but Renée is ready to begin growing her hair back!
Our focus is keeping a positive attitude and taking the time to find the good takeaways in each and every day. We have all heard the clichés about "live each day as if it were your last,' and "don't wait to tell someone how you feel," etc., and this experience has brought so much power to those underappreciated words. We have some difficult decisions ahead and will be preparing for them in the weeks to come.
We want to send a huge thank you to all who have donated their hard-earned money to help offset the medical expenses, we are humbled by the generosity of our friends. We have listed our 10 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If you know anyone who may want to acquire some nice real estate at the foot of Boundary Peak, please share this link. http://www.lovenrealestate.com/-/listing/NV-RSARMLS/170001357/Lot-60c-Settlers-Way-Dyer-NV-89010?display_page=1&index=1&lpp=20&total_listings=8&from=results
You can always stay up to date with Renée's blog on WordPress here: https://reneekeel.wordpress.com/
With much gratitude and appreciation,
Ron & Renée Keel
Renee Keel's personal blog, as she shares her very personal impressions and reflections of this journey: https://reneekeel.wordpress.com/
Facebook Group - Rockers For Renee Keel: https://www.facebook.com/groups/673269786167453/
Direct PayPal Donation Link: https://www.paypal.me/reneekeelcancerfund
It’s been almost eight weeks since my wife, partner and best friend Renee Keel was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer. In that time, she has started chemo treatments, always with a smile and a positive attitude, and undertaken this journey with grace and dignity. These will continue for several more months to shrink the tumor, which doubled in size in just two weeks following the diagnosis. A mastectomy will be scheduled for sometime in May.
We have been blessed by friends and strangers alike, offering prayers, gifts, support, donations and sharing their personal cancer experiences with us. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love we have received during this difficult time.
As the last of her hair falls out, the first of the medical bills have arrived. Since I first announced our situation in late December, many have helped by purchasing items in my online store, and revenue from the sale of the books and CD’s has been added to Renee’s benefit account. So many have donated to her expense fund at https://www.paypal.me/reneekeelcancerfund and we appreciate that more than we can say. As soon as I’m finished composing this message, I’ll be transferring some of those funds to cover those initial medical expenses.
We are arranging some fundraising concerts in Chicago, Vegas, LA, Sioux Falls and perhaps some other cities - and a "Rockers For Renee" CD release is in the works, with some great music by a variety of artists who are donating tracks.
I know that as a ‘rock star’ the impression may be that I am financially secure and shouldn’t need any help with this. The situation demands that I declare that nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, I sold several million albums (30 years ago) and I’ve had a dream career doing what I love to do and, for the most part, usually making a living. The business opportunity that brought us to Sioux Falls two years ago was very rewarding but required a significant investment from Renee and I to relocate and dedicate ourselves to the new situation. So when all this is said and done, I want 1) my wife to be healthy and cancer free, 2) I’d like to keep our house, and 3) I’d like to maintain ownership of my song catalog. Everything else is fair game.
As I mentioned in my initial announcement, 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.
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 8x10 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.
I also plan to work my ass off on stage and off, doing every gig, session, or appearance that makes sense. 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 - and I thank my amazing co-workers at KBAD for their support and for covering for me on those days when I can’t be there.
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 fight this battle.
Please join the Facebook group created for all our friends, fans and family to share this experience (https://www.facebook.com/groups/673269786167453/) - and follow Renee's personal blog as she tells her story in her own words: https://reneekeel.wordpress.com/
About the photo: taken on the beach a couple of years ago. I added the caption back then just to have a laugh with Renee and haven’t shared it with anyone until now. It is pretty funny, and perhaps it will help bring attention to this post J…
Thank you all for the thousands of likes, shares, comments and contributions regarding my announcement earlier this week. While the reality of Renee’s diagnosis with breast cancer and impending treatment has been a colossal sucker punch to the gut for both of us, the outpouring of support has been a huge emotional boost for us and we are forever grateful.
People we don’t even know have reached out with messages and financial contributions and we are deeply appreciative. In addition to crushing my daily radio show on http://KBAD945.com this week, I have made every effort to spend special moments with my wife, either in tears or laughing our asses off, as we prepare for her chemo treatments to begin next week. I have also made every effort to respond to all the offers of help, advice, support, and thank those who have deposited money into her benefit account. I have fallen behind in the latter and will continue to do my best.
Many friends in the entertainment industry have stepped up in a lot of ways – offers to donate money, memorabilia, airtime (Eddie Trunk and many others have opened the door for me to come on their shows and promote the cause and events we’re organizing to raise money) – rock stars like Dave Mustaine, Paul Shortino, John Rich (Big & Rich) have helped spread the news, along with so many of our media friends in radio, the press, and web media. Agents and venues nationwide have offered to help by organizing a series of concerts geared towards helping with treatment expenses.
We don’t yet know what those expenses will be, but it’s going to take everything we’ve got financially to cover this. As I mentioned in my initial statement, I will be liquidating whatever material assets I have – starting with our 10 acre retirement property in Nevada on down to the last signed 8X10 photo. If you’ve been on the fence about buying my book and “Metal Cowboy” CD, now’s a good time to visit the Store at http://ronkeel.com. As time permits, I’ll be adding items to the store and listing memorabilia on eBay in the weeks to come. Every download of the new single counts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dead-man-rockin-single/id1178070115 - as well as the Nook & Kindle eBook versions of the book, all of which are available at http://ronkeel.com.
Many have asked for the mailing address: 2601 South Minnesota, #105-146, Sioux Falls SD 57105 – the direct PayPal link is https://www.paypal.me/reneekeelcancerfund - and there’s also an account set up US Bank: “Renee Keel Benefit Account” – just go into any branch in the US and mention that, you don’t need an account number or any other details.
We are discussing the possibility of concerts/fundraisers in Sioux Falls, Columbus, Vegas and Hollywood (and a couple of other cities as well) and will schedule these around Renee’s chemotherapy sessions over the next 4-6 months.
I will do my best to keep everyone posted on her progress and recovery. Thank you again to all our friends and fans for everything you are doing to help during this difficult time.
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 8x10 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 email@example.com) – 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.