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Jim Kelly Absent from Annual Fundraiser, Recovering from Cancer Treatment

June 2nd, 2014 at 4:25 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Hall of Fame quarterback and Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly was unable to attend the reception for his 28th annual celebrity golf tournament Sunday night because he is still recovering from chemotherapy treatments which ended last week.

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Kelly is battling cancer that spread into his maxillary sinus cavity and adjacent tissues. He has been receiving treatments to combat microscopic tumors that spread up the infraorbital nerve in his head and are close to the carotid artery. 

Since its inception, the Kelly's celebrity golf tournament has raised more than $5 million. The proceeds go the Kelly for Kids Foundation and the Hunter's Hope Foundation. The money has been distributed to more than 100 Western New York organizations. 

Hundreds attended the auction, including many former Buffalo Bills players. Andre Reed, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Marv Levy, Bill Polian, Joe DeLamielleure, Fred Smerlas, Steve Tasker, Phil Hansen and Booker Edgerson. 

Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Anthony Munoz and John Randle were among the National Football League who were in attendance. Marino was among those who visited Kelly in the hospital Sunday.

Among the items up for bid included a hunting trip to Texas with both Kelly and Marino, tickets to the Super Bowl, a trip to the Bills' game in Oakland this season, a Hall-of-Fame trip and gift package, and a framed autographed photo of Kelly, Marino, John Elway and Peyton Manning, along with individual footballs signed by each of the quarterback greats. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, NFL

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