Jim Kelly misses his annual celebrity golf classic

Created: 06/02/2014 7:43 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond

Jim Kelly’s radiation and chemotherapy treatments are complete. Kelly will remain in the hospital for another week. That also means he could not attend his celebrity golf outing Monday morning.

One year ago, Jim Kelly stood at a podium at Terry Hill Golf Club in Batavia. There he announced to the world he had been diagnosed with jaw cancer. Since then, Kelly has fought for his life, had chemotherapy and radiation and is now recovering. It is a waiting game to see if the cancer is gone. 

Jim could not be at his golf outing Monday. His friends spoke for him.

It was a picture perfect day at Terry Hills Golf Course. For the first time in 28 years, Jim Kelly was unable to attend his celebrity golf classic.  As many said, although, Jim isn't here in person, his spirit is felt.

Because of Jim’s presence and because of the quality of this event and what this event means, this is a little more than just a bunch of guys getting together for another event, this is like a reunion. It is not just a team reunion, but a family reunion for a lot of guys who have known each other for a couple of decades.

Andre Reed, former Bills wide receiver, said, “I say family and I say what that means every time I talk about my playing days and what it meant for me here and that's what Jim means, Jim's family.”

Bill Polian, former Bills general manager, said, “Everybody is here, not only to aid his charity endeavors, but to show their support for him and our affection for him.”

Some added their support beyond just a donation. Jim's brother, Dan, also shaved his head for Camp Good Days. Dan says Jim’s commitment to the classic never wavered even through his battle with cancer.

Dan Kelly, Jim’s brother, said, “From day 1 when Jim was diagnosed, one of the first things he said was make sure we have the golf tournament, make sure we have the football camp, no matter what happens. So, we're committed to that for Jim and with Jim.”

Jim's brother, Dan, says the tournament will raise over $250,000 for children in western New York. 

Kelly will have a MRI taken in six to eight weeks to determine if the cancer has been eradicated.

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