BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Buffalo sports legends announced Friday that they’re cancer free.
Hall of fame quarterback Jim Kelly and Sabres play by play man Rick Jeanneret walked onto the ice during the Sabres game to a standing ovation.
They then dropped the first puck as part of the Hockey Fights Cancer program.
Jeanneret’s battle with throat cancer has prevented him from being at the microphone so far this season, but he announced during the MSG pre-game show that the future’s looking a lot brighter.
“On Tuesday I got a pet scan which basically covers your whole body and Wednesday evening we got a call that you’re all clear so at least for the moment, I’m cancer free,” He said.
His announcement was just the beginning of the emotional night.
During the first intermission Jim Kelly said, “I got to talk to Rick and he got good news and so did I which was pretty cool, I was able to go to New York City yesterday and they told me from the MRI and the cat scan that I did that I’m cancer free right now.”
Hockey Fights Cancer is an NHL-Wide initiative to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Kelly and RJ’s battles have been very public, but the arena was filled with hundreds of other people who have been affected by cancer as well.
Both men hope their stories will inspire others
“I’m one person there are so many other people who have it a lot worse than I do and I know I say that a lot, I don’t want to complain about it but as long as I can help someone else on their journey then I know that what I’m doing and coming out and talking to people is working,” said Kelly.
RJ said, “It was a tough road but I’m here to be able to tell you that anybody who’s suffering from the same disease or a similar one, it can be beaten.”
Watch RJ’s full interview on the Sabres website here.