On CBS This Morning, Jim Kelly spoke on camera for the first time about his second battle with cancer and how appreciative he is for the outpouring of support his family has received. Click here to watch the video.
“I’m very humbled that so many people took the time out to not only send me well wishes, but more importantly the prayers,” said Kelly. “That’s what’s going to get me through this. I have so many great people to thank but I’d be here all day. On behalf of my family, thank you so much and don’t stop those prayers.”
Among his visitors to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City have been former teammates and “brothers” Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith. Thomas was emotional in the interview describing Kelly’s pain.
“Jim said, ‘Thirty-four, you just don’t know how bad my head is feeling right now,’” said Thomas. “My response to him was, ‘If I could take your head for a little bit, I would switch it with mine.’”
Kelly’s wife Jill and daughter Erin have provided a strong voice for Jim and the entire Kelly family over the past few weeks through social media, posting updates and lighter anecdotes of Jim’s fight. His brother Dan and Erin shared their admiration for their brother and father during the story.
“It’s never been about him,” said Dan. “It’s always been about other people and what he can do for somebody else. He is the definition of love. It’s very painful to watch him go through it and to sit there and not be able to do anything about it. All you can do is pray and ask him if there’s anything you can do.”
“My wish is that when people look at my dad, they see someone who fought the good fight and did it with such joy and courage bravery, because that’s who he is,” said Erin. “That’s his character.”
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