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Details of Jim Kelly's cancer emerge


Jim Kelly and his family have begun to pull back the curtain to reveal what he's up against.

The Kellys allowed Sports Illustrated writer Peter King into his room at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and opened up about the Buffalo Bills legend's cancer. CBS reporter Jeff Glor, a Town of Tonawanda native, interviewed Jill Kelly and Thurman Thomas for a segment that will air on "CBS This Morning."

King's story provides the most detail yet of Jim Kelly's condition.

Kelly's cancer is comprised of "rather countless microscopic" tumors, has spread up his infraorbital nerve and "is dangerously close to the carotid artery in his head," King wrote.

King also reported Kelly is scheduled to have chemotherapy treatments today and Tuesday and radiation treatments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in hopes of stopping the cancer from multiplying.

"I guarantee the normal person wouldn't have been able to take it," Kelly told King of the pain. "Some days, I don't know how I did. I complained about my headaches for months, and for a while I thought it was just part of the healing process from such a serious surgery. But obviously it was more than that. I'd look up to the Lord and say, 'I give. Uncle. You got me.'

"But now, this is just another river to cross. Now we know what it is, and we'll keep fighting. Whatever I did in life I never did alone. So we'll fight. It's in the Lord's hands now."

  • Jan Reimers

    We're praying for you and your family everyday, Jim.

  • Quaker

    I feel very bad for him and pray that he recovers, but I don't like the fact that he says the normal person cannot handle what he's going through. He's not a super hero. There are people every day that go through what he goes through or worse.

  • Marc

    What does this guy actually think he is exceptional in some regard? illness usually has a way of humbling people, appearantly not this arrogent man.

    • Donald Johnson

      Message to marc shut up your dam month and get a life if have a brain you would be a nice person and help people go away you scumbag !

  • mythoughts

    Marc and Quaker, why why why....... these people have done so much for so many and face terrible tragedy again, why must you find reason to be so cruel.

    • Marc

      But, were you one of the many people he stiffed in one of his failed business ventures? He stiffed a friend of mine for a lot of money in one of his business failing while my friends wife was dying of cancer. End of story.

  • Ron

    This is Jim being Jim the Linebacker. A strong guy with Faith and Family supporting him. He also has the entire Western New York Community in his corner. He's our guy. Our prayers are with you, Jimbo. The Good Lord will see you through this.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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