Keith had surgery for thyroid cancer on May 5. This is his second bout with cancer. He was treated for prostate cancer two years ago.
According to the Star Bulletin, Keith’s 7 1/2 hour surgery went well. Seventy plus staples were used and ran from one ear, down to the neck, and back up to the other ear. Keith is philosophically thankful: “They didn’t have to crack my chest open. That would’ve constituted waking up with a tracheotomy tube.”
So far, so good. Now it’s on to two rounds of radiation this summer and fall.
Throughout his ordeal, Keith has received the love and support of many friends and family. As the current offensive line coach for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels and past coach of teams such as USC and Idaho State, he’s touched the lives of a lot of players, coaches, and fans. Thus it was no big surprise when the first annual Coaches Tackling Cancer golf tournament was held in his honor on June 17 and attracted more than 300 participants. (Note: Contributions on Keith’s behalf are still being taken. If you would like to help, donations can be mailed to: Riley Jensen, Polynesian Coaches Association, 3789 Hillside Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84109. Make your check out to the “Polynesian Coaches Association.”)
When contacted, Keith had the following to say:
Boy it’s been such a long time since I’ve been able to attend any of our reunions. They always fall on the dates of our high school camps which prevents me from returning home during this time of year. Spoke with Neal Ane the other day and he filled me in on all the details. Sounded like a great success. One of these days I hope I can get out of this business and get home for one of these reunions. Looks like I’ve been missing out on some great times. Personally want to say mahalos to all for their thoughts and prayers. It’s been a blessing to receive your support during this time. I feel that sometimes you get me through the tough days just as well as the treatments do. Take care and God Bless! Fa’afetai lava (Samoan Mahalos) … Keith
Keith is married to the former Kaipo Souza ’72. They have two daughters and one son. You can email Keith at email@example.com or you can try his Facebook page to get in touch. You can also leave a comment on this post.
God bless, Keith, and may we see you at our 40th reunion.