Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is at the halfway point in his treatment for a recurrence of cancer.
His wife, Jill Kelly, posted the news on social media. She also sent out a video message via Twitter in which Kelly shared a few words with fans:
"I'm getting ready for my 19th treatment for radiation and I've already had two bouts of chemo. Keep those prayers coming. I sure need them. Without you, I wouldn't be able to get through this. God bless you. I look forward to the Bills' draft on May 8."
Kelly spent much of April in New York City receiving treatment for the cancer, which he learned in March had returned. He'd had surgery in June for squamous cell carcinoma, a jaw cancer doctors thought was out of his system after the treatment. But they learned this year it's back, aggressive and spreading.
He's been home since April 22. He initially was confined to a Buffalo-area hospital but is now able to commute for treatment and stay in his own home. The treatment regimen is expected to last between six and eight weeks. Doctors have said surgery may be needed after that, depending on how Kelly's body responds to the treatment.
Kelly has been confirmed to be interested in being part of a team that would own the Bills. His brother and spokesman said Kelly is not linked to a specific team, but he looks to join one as a minority partner once he's past his cancer treatment. He's been rumored to be interested in owning the team for years but would not comment while owner Ralph Wilson Jr. was alive.
Kelly is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and holds every major Bills passing record. He stayed in the Buffalo region following his retirement.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, Jim Kelly, NFL