Jill Kelly and Thurman Thomas open up about Jim’s cancer battle

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly’s second battle with cancer is a constant fight. During this time his wife, family, friends and devoted community are standing by his side.

Kelly’s wife Jill and former Buffalo Bills teammate Thurman Thomas describe how this second battle with cancer is affecting the Hall of Fame quarterback.

“We’re in this all together. This isn’t just the Kelly family. We’re all in this together,” said Kelly.

She said this tough battle is bringing everyone closer.

“In a sense maybe cancer has way of doing that, to take something that’s so evil and awful and see how it does bring people together. I mean that’s the beauty of going through this dark journey. We come alongside each other,” said Kelly.

Jill and Thurman’s interview will air on CBS This Morning on Monday. It’s a part of special report on Jim Kelly.

After experiencing pain for months, the former Bills Quarterback learned he had cancer of the jaw. He was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma.

Thomas recently visited Kelly at the hospital in New York City where he’s getting treated.

“Jim said, ‘You just don’t know how bad my head is feeling right now.’ My response to him was, if I can take your head for a little bit, for a little while, I would switch with mine. I know how tough an individual he is and to see him struggling and to see him going through the pain that he’s going through. I’m here for him,” said Thomas, former Buffalo Bills Running Back.

Kelly won’t have to undergo surgery. His doctors have explained that the cancer is treatable and potentially curable.

Thomas was asked whether he’s allowed himself to think about what life would be like without Jim Kelly. Thomas said, “No, I haven’t gotten to that point. I haven’t given up hope.”

Jill said it’s the support from everyone is helping their family get through this trying time.

“We feel it. We feel it not just from the western New York community,” said Kelly. “Here in this darkness there is such light.”

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