Your Cancer Game Plan Challenge [transcript] [audio]

Guest: Jim Kelly

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Jim Kelly was diagnosed with cancer in his upper jaw in 2013. He underwent surgery, but after a follow-up test, Kelly found out the cancer had returned and he would need to begin treatment for his cancer. It was a long and challenging road, but in August 2014, doctors gave Kelly the good news that they could no longer find evidence of any cancer. Jim Kelly began his professional football career in 1986, following two years with the United States Football League’s Houston Gamblers. During his 11 years with the Buffalo Bills, he led the team to six AFC East Championships and four consecutive championship appearances. Kelly holds the all-time football record for most yards gained per completion in a single game, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. He became known for his motto: “You have to be Kelly tough.” This motto, which built on the importance of being physically and mentally strong and able to bounce back from injuries, took on a new – and more important – meaning after his cancer diagnosis.

Segment Overview: Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bill Jim Kelly talks about his personal experience with cancer, the role education, family, support, health and nutrition played during his journey and his role in the Your Cancer Game Plan Challenge, and the cancer advocacy community, designed to help people impacted by cancer and their loved ones manage the emotional, health, and communication challenges of a cancer journey.


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