Jim Kelly's battle with cancer has been difficult but uplifting, with the Hall of Fame quarterback staying strong in his fight with support from former teammates, family, friends and fans at every step.
Wednesday brought a great bit of news: A follow-up exam on Tuesday showed no signs of sinus cancer, which Kelly had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments for. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Peter Costantinosaid in a statement that treatments have "completely eliminated" any pain Kelly was experiencing and Kelly's level of function has "essentially returned to normal." Kelly had surgery to remove cancer from his jaw in June of 2013, but the cancer had spread to his sinus.
Jill Kelly, Jim's wife, said on Instagram that it's positive news but further tests are being done to make sure no more treatments are necessary.
"We have come away from our checkup visit in NYC encouraged and hopeful," Jill Kelly said on Instagram. "Preliminary scan results have necessitated the need for biopsies to be done in order to confirm what we hope to be true...that the cancer has been eradicated. We will not know the outcome until this procedure is completed. And so... We continue to PRAY, rejoice, live...wait and trust GOD who holds ALL things together. God, who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End and every moment in between. In the midst of it all, I know He's got this. Thank you for praying! Thank you for holding us up during this time. We are so grateful for you! #prayersforjk #kellytough"
Kelly made an inspirational appearance at the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies, getting plenty of cheers from the many Bills fans who came to see receiver Andre Reed go into the Hall. Kelly also threw a pass to Reed when his old receiver's speech was done, which was a tremendous moment.
The outpouring of support that weekend showed how many people have been following Kelly's story and hoping for a full recovery. Wednesday brought some great news on that front.
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