BUFFALO (WKBW/Jim Kelly, Inc. Release) Even as Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly is battling cancer, he's stepping onto another battlefield as well: the one that will determine whether the Bills will stay in Western NY after the impending sale.
"This cancer has been rough", said Kelly in a statement. "It's hurt really bade and treatments have kicked my butt. But my faith in God is strong, and I'm back home in Buffalo, working with a great team of doctors on both radiation and chemotherapy. "I'm not out of the woods by any means, but we think the treatments are going well, and I know that I'm going to beat this!".
After initial squamous cell carcinoma diagnosis in 2013, Kelly underwent surgery that removed many of his teeth and a large portion of his jaw. Thought the doctors felt he was cancer free, after experiencing increasing pain, it was discovered that the cancer had indeed returned and spread. After undergoing initial treatments in New York City, Kelly has returned home to Buffalo to continue treatments.
"I'm more then halfway through this initial round, and honestly, I believe that he prayers of friends, family, fans and total strangers alike has gone a long way toward making this treatment successful. I want to thank everyone for all of the kind thoughts and prayers that have come my."
As though one fight wasn't enough, Kelly is also stepping up to give voice to the push to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York. "The Buffalo Bills are a part of life here. They brought me to Buffalo, and I love this community so much that I stayed here to raise my family. Now is the time. It's absolutely critical to come out and show your support for the team this season., to show the new owners how crazy they'd be to take the team elsewhere".
"We have a saying in our family, and that's that we stay Kelly Tough. It means standing up and giving your all no matter what comes your way, and sticking to your guns when it comes to what you believe in. For me, it means staying tough to beat cancer, and I want everyone in Buffalo to join me in being Kelly Tough to keep the Bills right here where they belong: here in Western New York.