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NFL Super Star Jim Kelley Shows Up at Same Hospital He Had Chemo To Give Patients Incredible Gift

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It can be disheartening to leave cancer in the past only to have it crop up again, and again, but that is the life that some people live. Jim Kelly, a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, knows that pattern well.

He’s faced cancer three times, and three times, he’s beaten it, according to SBNation. On July 18, 2018, he was given the Jimmy V Award at the ESPYs.

“Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow,” he said during his acceptance speech. “When I look across this arena and when I talk to people and I look at people, you don’t need to be a Russell Wilson, an Aaron Rodgers to make a difference out there.

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“Every single person in the room can be a difference maker. You can be just a normal person that gets up every morning and goes to work but you can be a difference maker. Put the smiles on those faces.”

Fortunately, Kelly had an amazing support team in the form of his friends and family, who were always a ray of light during Kelly’s darkest times.

“My kids and my friends, when they came in to see me not once did they ever have a frown on their face,” he continued. “So, I just urge anybody out there, if you have somebody out there that’s suffering, it doesn’t have to be cancer. It could be somebody not having a good day. It could be your mom or your dad. It could be your grandparents.”

“What you say to them, the smile that you have on your face, that could be the difference in them making it to the next day. Remember that. Always, always persevere. Like Jimmy V said, ‘Never, ever give up.’”

At the time, Kelly had already beaten squamous cell carcinoma twice, but was fighting his third round. Seven days after accepting the award, he got even better news while on the East Coast.

“Double thumbs up!” his wife posted on her Instagram. “MRI and CTScans are clear. Still working through major pain management, but PRAISE THE LORD, no evidence of cancer. And can I just say, Jim’s brothers are amazing!

“I’ve watched them stand with Jim in good times and bad. I’ve witnessed a love between siblings that is remarkable. What a blessing to be part of such an amazing family.”

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Kelly knows first-hand what kind words and solid support can mean in a battle for life, and so he decided to pay it forward with some positivity of his own.

Since he was treated at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, he decided to visit again — but on very different terms. This time, he’d be the one doing the encouraging.

As various patients were filmed describing their journeys and the care they’d received at ECMC, they were asked questions about Kelly, a high-profile cancer patient. As they spoke, he walked in, leaving patients with smiles, lights in their eyes, and springs in their steps.

He also handed out signed posters and other memorabilia, but the best gift he gave them was a sense of hope and encouragement from someone who’d been where they were and had made it to where they wanted to be.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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