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Jim Kelly speaks at football camp

Amherst, N.Y. Hundreds of children eight to 18 years old registered for the 27th annual Jim Kelly Football Camp Wednesday at Sweet Home High School.

The football legend himself gave an opening address to football campers and parents.

I'm starting to lose everything, said the former Buffalo Bills quarterback who was diagnosed with cancer in March. I lost my hearing from radiation, I'm losing my eyesight as you can see by the big thick glasses now, and I lost my hair.

But the football start is remaining Kelly tough thanks to his family, friends and numerous well-wishers.

The mental aspect of this goes just as far as Kelly tough does being physical. Being able to wake up in the morning and knowing you got another day left and to be mentally prepared to take on the challenge, said Kelly.

Despite his battle with cancer in his jaw, people close to him weren't surprised to see him back for the camp.

His brother Dan said, Were just so thankful to God that Jim's health is doing well and that he could be here for the camp. It wouldn't be the same without Jim here, so I'm just so happy that he's here.

Friend Rich George whose five grandchildren are attending camp this year said, At each different level everyday he will jump in at some point and throw passes and the kids love that. I mean how many kids can walk around and say I caught a touchdown pass from Jim Kelly.

The football camp runs Thursday through Sunday. 13WHAM will have a crew covering the kick-off to camp.

He came straight out of treatment just to come see us, said Thomas McCarthy, 12-year-old camper. I knew he was going to get better somehow, one way or another.

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