Former Miami Hurricanes legend Jim Kelly has had a well-documented back-and-forth struggle with cancer, beating the disease twice (along with a MRSA infection) before it was announced that the disease had returned in March.
This week, he recently required another surgery in an attempt to remove the oral cancer. On Friday, Dr. Mark Urken provided an encouraging update on the former Buffalo Bills and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback’s status.
“Mr. Kelly continues to make solid progress in his recovery from extensive surgery for his oral cancer,” Dr. Urken said in a statement, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com. “He has been moved out of the intensive care unit and made that transition by walking, on his own, from the unit to the inpatient floor where he will continue the next phase of care. He is still several days away from resuming swallowing and taking nutrition by mouth.”
Kelly had spent nearly 3½ years cancer free before it was announced that the disease had returned. Throughout the process, Kelly has shown remarkable fight and has been a public face for the battle against the devastating disease.
He’s got a long road to recovery, but the announcement Friday makes it clear that Kelly is fighting as hard as ever.