Charitable Golf Classic Goes On Without Jim Kelly

June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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June 2, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM EDT

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WKBW) The Jim Kelly Annual Celebrity Golf Classic is the main fundraiser for the Kelly for Kids Foundation, but this year, the hall-of-fame former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills was unable to attend due to his ongoing fight against cancer.

"Jim wants to be here. Unfortunately, the doctor said 'Jim you can't' - and he's really trying to get out here, but we said 'Jim you need to get healthy," said Dan Kelly, Jim's brother.

Jim Kelly recently finished radiation therapy for cancer of the sinus cavity, and his brother said he is still in the hospital recovering from the treatments.

While he was unable to take part in the golf event, many participants said his spirit was very much present, as the golf classic had a waiting list of interested participants.

Dan Kelly started off the tournament by having his head shaved, and encouraged others to do the same as a way to show support for Jim Kelly and to raise funds for Camp Good Days.

Since many of the participants have a connection to the Buffalo Bills, there was also a lot of conversations about the future of the team now that it is up for sale after the death of long-time owner Ralph Wilson, Jr.

Watch Ed Reilly's report from the Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia.