Jim Kelly’s Cancer to spark 2013 Bills’ Super Bowl run?
Squamous-cell carcinoma: (according to skincancer.org) Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin’s upper layers (the epidermis). SCCs often look like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression, or warts; they may crust or bleed. SCC is mainly caused by cumulative UV exposure over the course of a lifetime. It can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.
SCCs may occur on all areas of the body including the mucous membranes and genitals, but are most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the rim of the ear, lower lip, face, bald scalp, neck, hands, arms and legs. Often the skin in these areas reveals telltale signs of sun damage, such as wrinkling, changes in pigmentation, and loss of elasticity.
In Lehman’s terms and in Jim Kelly’s case, it’s cancer of the upper jaw bone. Sounds nasty, right? Luckily for Mr. Kelly, the cancer hasn’t spread anywhere and is simply contained to the upper jaw bone. Surgery is scheduled for June 7 and the doctor’s prognosis of Jim Kelly having a full recovery was “very good.” Let’s hope what the doctors say this time is true.
For the players and staff of the Buffalo Bills, what better motivation is there to go out and bring home their first ever Lombardi trophy than to dedicate the 2013 season to all cancer victims, survivors, and those still battling the disease as we speak? Doug Marrone and his coaching have already instilled a renewed sense of hope and optimism for this upcoming season. The players have already bought into their beliefs and the newest draft class shows more promise than the team has had in years. Adding in a season dedicated to those affected by cancer will only bring the team closer together to achieve the common goal of winning.
Jim Kelly brought the beloved Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances with far less talent than what is on the roster today. Putting together not only a winning season, but a deep playoff run this season, will be more emotional than anyone could imagine. And bringing home that ever elusive Lombardi trophy would certainly put the icing on the cake to a season that started out showing so much promise.
For the better part of 13 years, the Bills have been the laughing-stock of the AFC East. With Russ Brandon in charge, a new GM in place, and a new coaching staff and players, the upside on this 2013 team is tremendous. In just a few short months, football season will be back in full swing. The Buffalo Bills have a lot to prove, and will have the perfect opportunity to prove it on Opening Day against the much hated division rival New England Patriots. This team needs to rally together around a cause; and that cause needs to be to put together a winning season and help fight those struggling with cancer and to one day find a cure. Don’t just do it for Jim Kelly, do it for the world. LET’S GO BUFFALO!