And yet, to have seen Kelly – you would never have had any idea exactly what all he was going through. Kelly continued to give hitting lessons up until a month before he passed away, went for long walks on the beach, went to travel and high school baseball games, grilled out, took dogs for walks, and got married. In Feb, when we were told that the cancer had spread to his liver, neck, spine, hip and sternum, he told me, “We’re not done. We’re not giving up. We’re not giving in. They can tell me it’s spread to 95% of my body, but you know what that means? I have 5% of my body to fight with.” #KellyStrong – those who knew Kelly know the grit behind the man and those words.
We are extremely saddened to say that on June 3, 2019, Kelly lost his battle. Kelly impacted many with his advocacy efforts and dedication to the mission of Lung Cancer Initiative.