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Wade Hayes Enlists Miranda Lambert, Kix Brooks for Cancer Benefit Concert

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Wade Hayes‘ 2016 Country Hits Back cancer benefit concert will feature a few big names. The singer has asked Miranda LambertKix Brooks and Steve Wariner to take part in the event.

Country Fights Back 2016, which will take place at the Franklin Theater, just outside of Nashville, will support Music City’s Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Hayes has fought cancer twice — first, Stage IV colon cancer in 2011, then in his lymph nodes in 2013.

“I thought I was healthy. I was too young to have colon cancer. No family history. It was a rude awakening,” Hayes tells The Boot. “And to come out the other side of it, it’s really — this is a big cliche, but it’s really as if I’m looking at the world through a different set of eyes now, and I realize how much I did take for granted.”

After being declared cancer free once again, Hayes has a new outlook on life … and he isn’t looking back.

“It has changed me profoundly,” Hayes notes. “Things like, specifically, if it’s a clear night, I’m going to be outside looking at the stars, because they fascinate me now. And that’s something I would have totally overlooked if this hadn’t happened, how precious this life is. How nice it is to be able to get up out of bed and be able to go do what I need to do, to live. It’s incredible.

The 2016 Country Fights Back cancer benefit concert is scheduled for March 2 at 7PM, and tickets are currently available through the theater’s website.

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