Jim Kelly update: biopsies clear of cancer
The news that every person wanted to read, both in Buffalo and around the world, came true on Thursday afternoon. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hall of Fame inductee Jim Kelly is free of cancer.
Kelly traveled to New York City and underwent several biopsies to reveal what the next step for him and his family might be. According to Dr. Peter Constantino of the Lenox Hill Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, the quarterback pulled through in the biggest battle of his life.
Tests revealed that Kelly no longer showed any signs of cancer, which concluded months of successful radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” the Hall of Fame quarterback said. “It’s been a long road, and I’m still not back to 100-percent, but I have a lot to be thankful for.”
Kelly was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and most recently dealt with a reappearance of the disease very early on in 2014. Fans of the Bills and many around the country adopted the ‘Kelly Tough’ mantra upon witnessing the struggles that both he and his family endured to start the year.
“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 my illness. I also want to thank the medical specialists who have done such amazing work,” Kelly remarked. “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.’
Hours before the announcement had been made, Kelly was on the field at Bills practice on Thursday afternoon with former teammate Thurman Thomas in support of the team.
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