Faith a guiding light in Kelly’s fight against cancer

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly said he was unsure what to expect on Monday when he began radiation treatment, but knew his family would be gathered around him. He is leaning on family for support along with his faith. He is praying that the radiation will reduce the size of a cancerous tumor, spreading throughout his face.

There’s a stop watch on us all. We don’t know the day we’re going to be called and it’s our time to go to heaven. – Jim Kelly

“I just wish this maybe would have happened when I was 75-years-old and not so much when I was 54, but the good Lord with his timing; it’s my time but it’s also my time to fight,” Kelly said. “There’s a stop watch on us all. We don’t know the day we’re going to be called and it’s our time to go to heaven, and I know this is tough for my wife to hear me say, I said ‘Don’t get mad Jill, I may beat you to seeing Hunter’.”

Jim and Jill’s son Hunter died in 2005 from Krabbe disease, a rare genetic disorder. He was born on Kelly’s birthday in 1997. Hunter has taught Jim and Jill to find faith under trying circumstances.

Jill said she prays for a miracle for Jim, “because I think that there’s a lot of earthly things that we’ve been given, that are all good, they’re gifts from God: radiation, chemo, medication, good food. I can’t move from praying for a miracle.”

Monday was the first round of radiation and it will continue every day for about six weeks. Jill said chemotherapy will start on Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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