Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
Jim Kelly's biopsies were negative. Wow...just wow...— Steve Tasker (@SteveTasker89) September 4, 2014
NFL.com's Albert Breer posted the full release:
Bills icon Jim Kelly announces his biopsies today showed no signs of cancer. Incredible news. Here's the release ... pic.twitter.com/lchHUs8dJ5— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 4, 2014
Jim Kelly's wife, Jill, posted videos to Instagram following the news:
THANK YOU GOD!!! Jim telling Erin Marie the amazing NEWS!!!
NOTHING SHORT OF A MIRACLE!!!" THANK YOU GOD!!! More of Jim's conversation with Erin Marie! I don't even know what to do with myself. I'm so overwhelmed! I'm so thankful! I don't even know where to start... I can't find the words... I want to literally HUG and thank all of you in person! Hopefully I will be able to someday!!! THANK YOU FOR PRAYING US THROUGH THIS!!!! Thank you for crying with me! Thank you for walking this hard road with us! The doctors. Dr. Loree. Dr. Shah. Dr. Costantino. The nurses. The special ones who cleaned our hospital rooms and took such tender care of us! BUFFALO!!!!! New York City! So many people to THANK! The NFL! Fans near and far!! Friends! Family! Teammates - brothers!!! Thurman, Bruce, Andre, Steve...Russ... But most of all GOD! Oh my Goodness! Oh my!!!!
Jim Kelly is cancer-free.
An update on the Pro Football Hall of Famer's condition released Wednesday by the Bills organization indicated that doctors found no traces of cancer in recent tests.
“The treatments so far have completely eliminated Mr. Kelly’s pain, and his level of function has essentially returned to normal," Dr. Peter Constantino said in a statement released on the Bills' official website. "Further, on physical examination, there is no evidence of cancer.”
Kelly underwent tests Tuesday that were supposed to determine the next course of treatment. The former Bills star has been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy in hopes of eradicating the recurrence of sinus cancer.
Jill Kelly, Jim's wife, posted an Instagram photo asking for prayers at noon Tuesday:
"Will you stand with us and pray for 12 @ 12 TODAY. #for12at12 #prayersforJK #KellyTough," she wrote.
Constantino indicated that while there may be more treatment necessary to ensure Kelly's health, the doctors will know more after further testing.
“It is possible that no further treatment will be required, and the testing over the next week will define this issue," Constantino said.
Kelly, 54, was initially diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in June last year. He underwent surgery to remove the infected part of his jaw, and doctors initially said that the procedure terminated the entirety of his cancer.
A March exam following severe head pain, however, showed the cancer had spread to his sinus and he immediately began undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The treatments caused him to lose more than 50 pounds.
“I’m not scared,” Kelly told reporters last month, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “I’ve never been scared of dying. I’m 54 years old. I’ve been through so many things in my life…I’ve set goals. I’ve achieved goals. I’ve had a blast."
As his August test date drew near, Kelly became more publicly open with his fight. He allowed cameras from ESPN, NBC and others into his home to raise awareness and inspire fellow cancer victims to continue their fight. Throughout his battle, the Kelly family has been using the phrase "#KellyTough" to describe the journey—a nod to his playing days, during which Kelly was recognized as one of the NFL's toughest quarterbacks.
Kelly appeared at the Hall of Fame enshrinement for former Bills wide receiver and teammate Andre Reed and was an honorary captain for Buffalo's Hall of Fame Game matchup with the New York Giants.
"I was known for my toughness, going across the middle making that catch, breaking those tackles," Reed said, per Judy Battista of NFL.com. "The toughest individual I've ever met in my life is Jim Kelly, No. 12."
Reed played alongside Kelly for the duration of the quarterback's 11-year career, all with the Bills. A five-time Pro Bowler, Kelly led the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances in the early '90s and his No. 12 has been retired by the franchise. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
With his cancer seemingly a thing of the past, Reed and Kelly should have plenty of time to reminisce about the old days. Only now, both will be wearing gold jackets.
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