ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is bouncing back after his cancer surgery a few weeks ago.
The former Buffalo Bill told the media at his youth football camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Monday that he is cancer-free, just 18 days after surgery on his jaw.
"Here I am, feeling a little better. They had to remove pretty much most of my jaw on my left side. They had to take a big skin graft off my leg," Kelly said.
But the good news, Kelly said, "I just found out great news on Wednesday that I don't have to go through radiation treatment or chemo, which to me is a blessing."
Kelly says he strategically-planned the surgery right after his golf tournament so he wouldn't miss it and could also be at his camp in Orchard Park, an event that is close to his heart.
"First thing I asked my surgeon is: How long is my recovery time really going to be before I can start doing anything? Because I have a football camp for kids," Kelly recalled.
Kelly says the community's support has made dealing with this event easier.
"I just want to thank personally everybody from this area. This community has rallied around me when I played for the Bills, when my son Hunter was diagnosed, and of course, my latest setback with cancer," Kelly said. "The community, the prayers, there's not enough words to describe the feeling in my heart and in my family's heart how much it means to me. People took the time out to e-mail me, write me hundreds and hundreds of letters."
Kelly says every two months he has to have a CT scan to make sure the cancer hasn't come back. He's also lost 14 pounds because he can't eat solid foods right now.
Kelly says he's always sore - but that's a small price to pay.
"This is just another downer but I'm already on the way back up," Kelly said.
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