’90s country star battles back from Stage IV colon cancer to take the stage again

At one point Wade Hayes wanted everything — hit songs and sold-out shows — he wanted it all. These days however, he’s got a different view on life.

Then again, cancer changes things.

Thankfully the 46-year-old Hayes is now a two-time survivor, coming back from Stage IV colon cancer, largely in part to Kix Brooks. It was Kix who literally saved his life by introducing the singer to doctors at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

These days the guy who brought us “Old Enough To Know Better (But Still Too Young To Care)” and “On A Good Night” just wants to make a difference. Through his music, along with charity events, he’s a dedicated warrior for colon cancer research and awareness.

“I feel so blessed,” Hayes told Nash Country. “Not to only make my living writing and playing songs, but to be a part of this community.”

“Cancer has wrecked so many lives. If somebody is on the fence about getting a colonoscopy, I need to convince them it beats what I’ve gone through or what anybody has gone through who has been diagnosed with cancer,” he says. “Early detection is key. The best way to battle this thing is to catch it before it spreads. Priority one to me is early detection.. getting people screened.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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