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Absent but not forgotten: Jim Kelly's presence resonates at Hall of Fame QB's charity event

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by Jill Kelly shows Jim Kelly, left, with his daughter, Jim Kelly established a charitable foundation in honor of a son who died of a rare neurological disorder. Now it's the Hall of Fame quarterback who needs assistance during what's been a yearlong battle with jaw and sinus cancer.  (AP Photo/Jill Kelly, File)

    FILE - This undated photo provided by Jill Kelly shows Jim Kelly, left, with his daughter, Jim Kelly established a charitable foundation in honor of a son who died of a rare neurological disorder. Now it's the Hall of Fame quarterback who needs assistance during what's been a yearlong battle with jaw and sinus cancer. (AP Photo/Jill Kelly, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards, in New York. Kelly established a charitable foundation in honor of a son who died of a rare neurological disorder. Now it's the Hall of Fame quarterback who needs assistance during what's been a yearlong battle with jaw and sinus cancer.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

    FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly gestures during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards, in New York. Kelly established a charitable foundation in honor of a son who died of a rare neurological disorder. Now it's the Hall of Fame quarterback who needs assistance during what's been a yearlong battle with jaw and sinus cancer. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)  (The Associated Press)

As Jim Kelly recovers from cancer treatments in a Buffalo hospital, the Bills' Hall of Fame quarterback's presence resonated at his annual charitable golf tournament.

Former Miami quarterback Dan Marino shed his Dolphins colors to wear a blue T-shirt with the words "Kelly Tough" printed on the front. Former Bills general manager Bill Polian noted Kelly was present in spirit. He described the large turnout a reflection of the support Kelly has while battling the recurrence of cancer, which has spread to his sinuses.

The 28th annual tournament went on without Kelly on Monday, and expected to raise more than $250,000 for the Kelly for Kids Foundation.

Kelly completed his cancer treatments last week, and could be healthy enough to return home this week.

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