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chiefqueen
08-05-2005, 12:49 PM
He son was born with a rare brain condition that normally reduces a baby's life expectancy to 2. I believe Kelly's son was 6 or 7.

The firewall at my work won't let get the article so if someone would copy it I'd appreciate it.

(I saw the headline on espn.com).

Donger
08-05-2005, 12:50 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Hunter Kelly, whose battle with a fatal nervous system disease inspired his Hall of Fame father Jim Kelly's charitable works, died Friday morning. He was 8.
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"Our prayers go to the family and kids," Jim Kelly's brother, Dan, told The Associated Press.

Born in 1997, Hunter Kelly was given no more than three years to live after being diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, an inherited degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The disease hinders development of the myelin sheath, a fatty covering that protects the brain's nerve fibers.

In honor of their son, Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, established the Hunter's Hope Foundation in 1997, which has raised more than $6 million and awarded more than $3.8 million to leukodystrophy and other neurological disease-related research.

The disease has no known cure.

Jim Kelly, who won an unprecedented four straight AFC titles as the Bills' quarterback in the early 1990s, had credited his son for serving as his inspiration after he retired from football following the 1996 season.

"He'll never be able to do what daddy did," Kelly said last year. "But he's going to do greater things. He's going to make a difference in kids' lives. He already has."

Kelly and his son happened to share the same birthday,
Valentine's Day.

The Kelly family was preparing to issue a press release later in the day, Dan Kelly said.

tomahawk kid
08-05-2005, 12:55 PM
What a sad deal...

Kelly is a real class act. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

RedThat
08-05-2005, 12:59 PM
My condolences to Jim and his family.

alpha_omega
08-05-2005, 01:03 PM
Terrible...
My condolences.

Mile High Mania
08-05-2005, 01:08 PM
I can't even fathom the notion of losing a child... I wish his family nothing but the best during this time.

siberian khatru
08-05-2005, 01:14 PM
Awful.

I knew it was coming sometime, but still ... just awful. Kelly always spoke so highly of Hunter.

bogie
08-05-2005, 01:17 PM
I can't even fathom the notion of losing a child... I wish his family nothing but the best during this time.

Agreed. This is heart breaking. So sorry for the family.

Thig Lyfe
08-05-2005, 01:26 PM
:(

bkkcoh
08-05-2005, 02:42 PM
Sorry to hear that... I hope the family can find peace in this situation.

onescrewleftuntwisted
08-05-2005, 02:55 PM
MAN THATS TERRIABLE
I CANT IMAGINE, AND I CANT SPELLL

MichaelH
08-05-2005, 02:56 PM
Awful.

I knew it was coming sometime, but still ... just awful. Kelly always spoke so highly of Hunter.

My wife just asked me a few weeks ago if Jim Kelly's son was still alive. I didn't know but said he probably could be anytime.

It is so sad regardless. My heart goes out to the Kelly family. I'm hugging my two boys the minute I get in the door this evening. :(