Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly has announced Thursday that his Oral cancer has returned and he will undergo further treatment for it. Local station WGRZ released his statement this morning.
2 On Your Side has learned that Football Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly’s oral cancer has returned and will soon undergo treatment. pic.twitter.com/vBcyJYQLSL
— WGRZ (@WGRZ) March 1, 2018
Kelly was originally diagnosed in 2013 with a type of skin cancer. He had part of his jaw removed and the cancer further spread, he underwent chemo and radiation therapy to battle it. Kelly had lost the ability to taste or produce saliva as a result of these procedures.
Jim Kelly battled through and within a year of diagnosis, Kelly was cancer free as of September 2014. Kelly had said that he wanted to live to see his daughter marry, which he did earlier this year. Kelly has remained optimistic and said this to AP in January during an interview.
“I have a story to tell. I want people to understand that we’re all going to go through things in our lives,…It’s the attitude that you have and the people that you surround yourself with to be able to come out on top.”
The Buffalo Bills also released the following statement supporting one of their all-time greats during this hard time in his life.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Jim Kelly and his impending battle with cancer. Jim is a tough and courageous man and we know he will fight this battle with strength and determination. The Buffalo Bills will support the Kelly family during this trying time and we ask our fans to pray for the family as Jim begins the treatment process and the road to recovery.”