Kelly announces cancer has returned

March 1, 2018
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) - Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has announced that his cancer has returned.

Kelly released the following statement on Thursday:

Jim Kelly has announced that his cancer has returned.

We're all with you, JK. #PrayersforJK #KellyTough pic.twitter.com/bx2c37ur1b

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) March 1, 2018

Kelly was declared cancer free in 2014, but had been recieving routine screenings in the years since.

The Buffalo Bills released a statement shortly after the news came out:

Team statement on Jim Kelly. pic.twitter.com/dKMQOijf2E

— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) March 1, 2018

Kelly's battle with cancer began in June 2013, when he had surgery to remove cancerous cells in his upper jaw. The cancer then spread to his sinus in March of 2014. Kelly then spent two months undergoing a barrage of treatments that left him in a weakened state but successfully removed the cancerous cells.

Jill Kelly posted a short message on Instagram:

The cancer is back. We are shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused, and just darn tired. Yet, despite how we feel, we KNOW that God is a promise maker and keeper. He is who He says He is! He can do what He says He can do! We don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart. The battle is HIS. (Exodus 14:14) We need you... In addition to our faith, family, and friends...we really need you and your prayer warrior friends to pray. We’re all in this together. THANK YOU! The more life and heartbreak I experience, the more I realize that this is not the end of the story. Life is temporary. And short. But eternity...is FOREVER. Because we know that our eternity is secure in Christ, we can trust God with every breath upon this earth.

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"The cancer is back{*} We are shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused, and just darn tired{*} Yet, despite how we feel, we KNOW that God is a promise maker and keeper{*} He is who He says He is! He can do what He says He can do! We don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart{*} The battle is HIS{*} (Exodus 14:14) We need you{*}{*}{*} In addition to our faith, family, and friends{*}{*}{*}we really need you and your prayer warrior friends to pray{*} We’re all in this together{*} THANK YOU! The more life and heartbreak I experience, the more I realize that this is not the end of the story{*} Life is temporary{*} And short{*} But eternity{*}{*}{*}is FOREVER{*} Because we know that our eternity is secure in Christ, we can trust God with every breath upon this earth"