BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly is being treated at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo as he battles his latest bout of cancer.
The Hall of Fame quarterback has returned to the hospital just days after it was made public that he has had a cancer recurrence. Kelly had part of his jaw removed last year after being diagnosed with oral cancer.
His close friend, Dennis DiPaolo, says Kelly is in a lot of pain.
“It’s a 10. The pain is just tremendous,” he said.
Kelly’s wife Jill posted a picture to her social media pages of her husband and daughter laying together. She wrote, “Sometimes, this is the best medicine. Daddy loves you so much.”
Seeing a man who has fought for so much, both on the field and in life with his son, Hunter, who died from Krabbe disease in 2005, now laying in a hospital bed is sad, DiPaolo says. Kelly, however, is keeping his spirits bright.
DiPaolo said, “He’s like, come on, don’t hang your heads, keep it up. Like you walk in the room and he’s in a huddle and still commanding everyone and even if he’s trying to rest his eyes, he knows you’re there and he goes, ‘Thanks for coming you guys,’ and he’s just a remarkable individual.”
Inside his hospital room at ECMC, Kelly is constantly surrounded by friends, family and the many doctors trying to figure out where he should go from here. Kelly is asking for nothing more than prayers from his supporters.
“There will not be a stone unturned here in this Western New York medical community to help Jim Kelly,” DiPaolo assured.
Kelly’s wife is praying for the best. She’s posting about her struggle online, showing her followers a cross necklace Jim handed her before going for an MRI. And she speaks about being scared while driving to the hospital and crying. But Jill says, she is reminded of God’s love and is vowing to keep the faith.
DiPaolo said, “They’re a remarkable family and great strength, a lot of belief in God, and it will carry them through. No family is exempt from tragedy, and it’s the truth, but it’s how they handle it and prayers help you get through it. But Jim and them and his family now, it’s like Lord, that’s enough please.”
News 4 is told Kelly may be back in New York City at some point next week for further treatment. The Buffalo Bills issued a statement on Wednesday, saying:
“The Buffalo Bills organization asks that fans everywhere join our team as we continue to keep Jim Kelly and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this challenging time. The recent news of the recurrence of Jim’s cancer is a great concern to everyone at One Bills Drive and we continue to admire the strength and courage of our Hall of Fame quarterback in the face of adversity.”