ORCHARD PARK (WKBW) Jim Kelly says he is sore but he is cancer free, speaking to the media on Monday at his annual youth football camp.
"I never though I would say the word cancer, I never thought the c-word would come into my vocabulary. But it is part of what has happened to me and the ups and downs of my life and this is another downer, but I'm already on the way back up," Kelly said.
The Bills legend is now on the road to recovery after surgery, where doctors had to remove part of his jaw, several of his teeth and use a skin graph from his leg. Now the long-time community supporter has already started thinking of ways to help others suffering from cancer.
"We might do something called Kelly Courage, something helping kids that do have cancer. My office right now are working on how do we get involved in some other way," Kelly said.
And for Kelli Cravey and the American Cancer Society of Buffalo, having someone like Jim Kelly join that fight could make a world of difference.
"By him standing up and saying look I've been here, I've done this, I'm going to kick this, and I need you to help me is going to invoke the masses," Cravey said.
Cravey added that a well known figure with a survivor story like Kelly's will help the A.C.S. through fundraising as well as awareness.
"For example, the day the news broke and what he was diagnosed and what he was about to battle, we had a major influx in calls. And people want to help things that he's working with and cancer needs him on their side, on our side of the battle because he can really help us do some really major things," Cravey said.
Kelly will continue to see doctors to make sure his cancer does not return. He also thanked the Western New York community for all of their support during his fight against cancer.