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Hunter Kelly, quarterback Jim's son, dies at 8 Aug. 5, 2005 CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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.
"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 consecutive 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.
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August 5th, 2005, 2:25 pm
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That is sad!
I just heard Jim on the radio a month ago talking about his son and the Hunters Hope Foundation that he's set up.
He said the coolest thing about his son.
He talked about what a hero his son is and will always be.
God bless Hunter and the whole Kelly family.
August 5th, 2005, 2:56 pm
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Rest in peace Hunter. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.
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August 5th, 2005, 3:50 pm
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 8:56 pm Posts: 701 Location: Michigan
That is pretty sad... But, look on the bright side; he lived past his life expectency.