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 – 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.


February 15, 2018 @07:23 pm
Ronnie... Sorry I've lost touch with you. Just decided to look you up and see you've been going thru a lot.. Wishing you all the best! Your friend.. Roger from Coshocton Ohio.
Roger Philabaum
December 29, 2016 @06:18 pm
I wish your wife all of the best in her battle. You have committed your life to helping keep our music alive Ron and that is very important to people, especially those that have grown up in that era. Anyone who does metal knows who you're and your dedication to your job and our music. My heart is with you bro. Horns up!
Rob Alaniz
December 29, 2016 @03:11 pm
Ron and Renee, we do not know each other personally yet we have met. Once at the Badlands and in Spirit Lake this past summer. We love your music, shows and dedication to music. We too have been fighting, Angeline last summer and her Father recently. Your shows and the BHB has been some of the good during some dark times. You must know now you have so many fans like us who are pulling for you and praying. We wish as much support for you as we had. Strength to you both. Ron, I learned real men do wear pink and we learn to like holding our wives hand bags when they need us.
Ron and Angeline Quade / New Prague, MN
December 27, 2016 @11:25 am
Dear Ron and Renee I just ordered a fanpackage, and will tell more friends about it, when I got the package at home. My thoughts are with the two of you and send you all the best from Holland!
Gustav Zomerschoe
December 27, 2016 @04:10 am
Ron, I love ya, big brother--always have and Renee is a beacon of light that I'm now blessed to know, too. You have done so much for me over the years, so I'm certainly putting both of you at the top of my list. I'll be keeping my out out constantly for updates while being fully aware of currently installed relied measures. You have inspired so many people across the globe for so long and you'll never be alone in this.
Rob Tipton
December 27, 2016 @12:32 am
I know how hard it is to deal with this horrific disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife..
Tony Vindevoghel

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