It has been a long road for Jim Kelly as he has had two battles with cancer, but the former Buffalo Bills legend announced today that he is officially cancer free.
Kelly has stated previously that there were no signs of the cancer returning after his initial treatment, Today, he officially can say that the cancer is gone, and he is relieved with the news.
“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” Kelly told Buffalobills.com. “It’s been a long road, and I’m still not back to one hundred percent, but I have a lot to be thankful for.”
Kelly has received plenty of support from the Western New York community throughout his battle. Fans have interacted with him and his family through social media, and have sent warm wishes through the mail and other outlets. Kelly has not forgotten that support.
“I am so thankful for the support and prayers of my family, my friends near and far, and everyone in Western New York and throughout the country through my illness. I also want to thank the medical specialists who have done such amazing work,” Kelly continued to tell the website. “Most of all, I want to thank God. Without my faith and God’s constant presence, there would be no such thing as ‘Kelly Tough’.”
Kelly is known for his toughness on the football field, but proved to be tougher than anyone could imagine off of it. His grueling battle with cancer shows just how tough he is, and the support he has drawn from the Western New York community shows how important he is to Bills fans. In early August, Kelly was determined to be on the stage when his former teammate, Andre Reed, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed had waited longer than most had anticipated, and Kelly said he wouldn't miss it for the world. After Reed's speech, Kelly threw him one final pass and the two gripped each other tightly as only best friends would.
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