Tim McGraw Reveals Family Struggle with Cancer, Including Mother's Disease and Father's Death

Country music star Tim McGraw spoke candidly about his family’s struggle with cancer, the disease that took his father’s life.

In a statement, the 52-year-old singer expressed support for further research into the disease.

"The singer made headlines after he collapsed on stage from dehydration."


“Every family in America has a cancer story, my own family included. Too many of us have lost our parents, children, spouses, and friends to this terrible disease,” he said.

“I’ve been so touched by the stories of the American Airlines team members I’ve met over the past month and I’m honored to lend my voice to this campaign to help create a world where all cancer patients can become long-term survivors and have more time with the people they love.”

McGraw is an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer, an organization that now partnered with American Airlines.

Those who donate $25 or more to the organization during the month of July can add a family member or friend’s name to one American Airlines’ planes in honor of those who are cancer survivors, currently battling the disease or have died from cancer.

His father, baseball pitcher Tug McGraw, succumbed to cancer in 2004. His mother and several aunts have also battled cancer.

“That’s a big reason why I’m here,” he says in the clip. “It’s been a part of my family and I want to do everything I can to help find a cure and find a way for people to become long-term survivors.”


Tim also has his fair share of health issues. The singer made headlines after he collapsed on stage from dehydration. The incident happened after his performance of “Humble and Kind” at the C2C festival. The festival was held in Dublin, Ireland, on March 11, 2018.

He opened up about what he would be doing to keep the incident from happening again.

While he said that he was already feeling good, his rigorous training routine would be halted for a while.

The singer talked to the media after touching down at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, saying that his onstage collapse was, indeed, due to “lots of flying and dehydration.”

He added that he was going to pause his intense fitness routine for a while.

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