Former Buffalo Bills legendary quarterback and NFL Hall-Of-Famer Jim Kelly is back on the front lines battling cancer again; this time the cancer is being called “aggressive”. Kelly’s wife, Jill posted in her blog:
“the cancer’s back, aggressive, and starting to spread.”
According to BuffaloNews.com this cancer is the second round in his long battle which came to a head last year:
Kelly, 54, underwent surgery on June 7 after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Doctors had to remove part of Kelly’s upper jaw, part of the roof of his mouth and numerous teeth.
More cancer was found this month during a follow-up visit Kelly made to his doctors at the Erie County Medical Center.
The good news is that Kelly is surrounded by friend, family, colleagues and fans who’s support has touched the family:
“Just the overwhelming support and prayers we’ve been getting is unbelievable,” said Dan Kelly, one of Jim Kelly’s five brothers. “Jim reads those messages on Prayfor JimKelly, and it’s encouraging to him and gives him strength.”
“There has been an outpouring of support from the NFL to the commissioner, to Mr. Wilson,” Dan Kelly added, referring to Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. “Peyton Manning, all of Jim’s friends among players and NFL management, they’ve all been texting and calling and offering their support. … What has been amazing is how we’ve heard from so many people Jim has touched over the years, including people who never met Jim, and we’re starting to feel that ripple effect from them.”
The Kelly family are Christians and they rely on their faith for strength to get through the fight ahead:
Dan Kelly said: “Jim is going through this for a reason. We’re not sure what that is at this point, but we trust in God and that he’s preparing Jim for something more and something greater.”
I love that attitude! Faith in God and gratitude will help them as they fight this battle. In fact, Jill Kelly’s blog has a message that can be a mantra for us all:
“And every day we prepare, get stronger, trust God!”
Our prayers are with him and his family.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,