Toby Keith Cancer Center for Kids Gets Another Approval

"We want to create a home away from home" for kids getting treatment, organizer says.

The Toby Keith Foundation is one step closer to opening an $8.5 million facility for families of children undergoing cancer treatment.

An Oklahoma City board approved the plans this week, The Oklahoman reported.

The 25,000-square-foot building would have 12 overnight family suites to house relatives of kids getting treatment at a nearby children's hospital and a nearby cancer center.

Toby got interested after a former bandmate's child died from cancer.

“Over the past few years, all these state-of-the-art cancer facilities have been coming to Oklahoma City," Juliet Nees-Bright, Toby's foundation director, told the newspaper. “More kids are coming for treatment than ever before. We realized we needed to create a place, one that specializes in helping kids. They have special needs—they have immune systems that are very weak.”

The center, for now, is going to be called the OK Kids Korral. Organizers hope to have it completed by late 2013, with building starting in the spring.

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