NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) – As Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly fights cancer, his family is standing at his side.
On the day before his next round of cancer treatments begins, the former quarterback and his family talked with News 4’s Ed Drantch to describe how everything is coming along.
It could be the biggest battle yet for Kelly. Radiation treatments begin Monday and chemotherapy starts on Wednesday. Kelly will spend the entire week in and out of hospitals.
Kelly says the pain he’s enduring is intense, like the worst migraine headache ever, but he’s pulling through. Kelly told Ed Drantch the toughest part of the past two weeks is controlling the pain.
Kelly has had numerous visitors, including his daughter Erin and wife Jill. Erin was surprised Friday night to find out they would attend the New York Knicks game together at nearby Madison Square Garden. Erin says she is finding solace in visiting her father, focusing on schoolwork after visiting her dad each week.
Like her dad, Erin says she is relying on faith for the long road ahead. “I don’t understand that whole doctor thing. I don’t understand chemo or radiation, I don’t get that. That doesn’t make sense to me. I mean I’m 18 years old and I mean I don’t think anyone in our family truly understands it fully. Because we don’t understand it I believe it strengthens our faith,” she told News 4.
“I’m not scared of death. It’s part of my life and I was talking with Frank Reich earlier and I said ‘Do you know what? If the Good Lord decided tomorrow is my day I would go to heaven with a smile on my face’ because I know I’ve done everything you can possibly do here on Earth, and if it’s my time I’m going with a smile on my face,” Jim Kelly said.
Kelly says he’s made many friends. He’s done everything and anything he’s wanted to do after retiring from football.