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Jim Kelly announces his oral cancer has returned

Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly, 58, announced via statement that after several years, his mouth cancer has returned.

“As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers,” the statement read. “We are asking for those prayers once again.

“The oral cancer we hoped would be gone forever has returned. Although I was shocked and deeply saddened to receive this news, I know that God is with me. I continuously talk about the four F’s: Faith, Family, Friends and Fans. With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together. Staying “Kelly Tough” and trusting God will carry us through this difficult time.”

The Buffalo Bills issued a statement in response to the sad news.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news about Jim Kelly and his impending battle with cancer,” the statement read. “Jim is a tough and courageous man and we know he will fight this battle with strength and determination. The Buffalo Bills will support the Kelly family during this trying time and we ask our fans to pray for the family as Jim begins the treatment process and the road to recovery.

Kelly announced in 2013 that he has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his upper jaw. On Aug. 20, 2014, Kelly was declared cancer-free.

Kelly’s wife, Jill, posted the following message on Instagram.

The cancer is back. We are shocked, heartbroken, sad, angry, confused, and just darn tired. Yet, despite how we feel, we KNOW that God is a promise maker and keeper. He is who He says He is! He can do what He says He can do! We don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart. The battle is HIS. (Exodus 14:14) We need you… In addition to our faith, family, and friends…we really need you and your prayer warrior friends to pray. We’re all in this together. THANK YOU! The more life and heartbreak I experience, the more I realize that this is not the end of the story. Life is temporary. And short. But eternity…is FOREVER. Because we know that our eternity is secure in Christ, we can trust God with every breath upon this earth.

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Thoughts go out to the Kelly family at this extremely difficult time.