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Postby Flux » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:04 pm

Jim Kelly's son, Hunter, dies

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer
August 5, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- 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.

``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.



Always sad to see someone so young go :,-(
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Postby Sixxgunn » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:08 pm

:,-( It's truly a shame that anyone would ever have to go through this. Keep strong,Jim.
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Postby Redskins Win » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:10 pm

That's sad, the kid had heart. Sorry to hear about this.
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Postby Flockers » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:19 pm

I just read about it on NFL.com. :~(
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:24 pm

That is so sad...At least he had a chance to live longer than was expected and be an inspiration to kids and families.

As a dad of a young child this stuff really hits hard.
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Postby dream_017 » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:29 pm

:,-( This is truely sad.
I agree swiper, this does make you think more when you have young ones.
My condolences to the Kelly family.
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Postby Goatwhacker » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:44 pm

Rest in peace Hunter and condolences to his family.
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Postby creamdoorthirtyniner » Fri Aug 05, 2005 12:51 pm

:,-( It's a shame that Hunter, sa well as the family, had to suffer through that. I send my prayers their way :-/
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Postby mutantseabass » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:01 pm

Very sad indeed. Like some of the others have stated, hits real close to home being a father of 3 young children. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelly family.
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Postby A2theIzzo » Fri Aug 05, 2005 1:02 pm

R.I.P
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