Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly responds to a question at a press conference in Batavia, N.Y. , Monday June 3, 2013. Kelly says he has been diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw bone and will have surgery on June 7. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Kelly Vows to Beat Cancer, Preserve Bills' Future
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The recurrence of cancer isn't tempering Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's resolve to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Kelly released a statement Thursday vowing to beat cancer and preserve his former team's long-term future at the same time.
Kelly says radiation and chemotherapy treatments for sinus cancer are going well, but notes he's "not out of the woods."
As for the Bills, Kelly remains interested in joining a prospective ownership group to buy the team. Kelly's brother, Dan, said he's had several conversations with at least one candidate, New York City developer Donald Trump.
The Bills' future is in uncertain after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
Jim Kelly urged fans to show their support and convince prospective owners to keep the team in the region.
Here is the full statement from Jim Kelly, Inc.:
“This cancer has been rough,” said Kelly. “It’s hurt really bad, and the 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 I’m going to beat this!”
After an initial squamous cell carcinoma diagnosis in 2013, Kelly underwent surgery that removed many of his teeth and a large portion of his upper jaw. Though 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 to Buffalo to continue treatment.
“I’m more than halfway through this initial round, and honestly, I believe that the 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 way.”
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
“We have a saying in our family, and that’s that we stay Kelly Tough. It means standing up and giving it 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 where they belong: here in Western New York!”