11th Annual "Hunter's Day of Hope for Children" Saturday

NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and wife Jill, and Hunter's Hope Foundation will host "Hunter's Day of Hope for Children" on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the Buffalo Bills Field House in Orchard Park, NY. This FREE event is scheduled from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and is open to all families and children of all ages.

The Kelly's started "Hunter's Day of Hope for Children" on February 14, 1998 to celebrate this special shared birthday of their son, Hunter James Kelly with his father, Jim Kelly. Hunter Kelly was born on February 14, 1997, and four months following his birth, was diagnosed with Krabbe leukodystrophy, an inherited, fatal, nervous system disease. Hunter Kelly lived to be 8 ½ years old, and lost his life to this Krabbe disease on August 5, 2005. The Kelly's have continued with "Hunter's Day of Hope for Children" as a celebration of love, prayer and thanksgiving for all children…everywhere.

"God has blessed our family in so many ways and it's such a privilege to share these blessings with Western New York," said Jill Kelly. "We can't thank this community enough for all they have done."

Hunter's Day of Hope for Children is a special time for families to come together and spend time having fun while enjoying music, dancing, games, face painting, and refreshments. At the conclusion of the event, there is a time of prayer for all children.

Additionally, numerous organizations will support the event with entertainment, games, and activities. To view a complete listing, please visit www.huntershope.org and click on 'events'.

Hunter's Hope was established in 1997 by Jim and Jill Kelly. The Foundation is the Kelly's lifelong commitment to increase public awareness of leukodystrophies as well as to increase the likelihood of early detection and treatment. The major goal and highest priority of the Hunter's Hope Foundation is that every newborn in every state will be tested for every possible disease, saving the lives of thousands of children through newborn screening programs. The Foundation also strives to fund research efforts to identify new treatments, therapies and a cure for Krabbe and other leukodystrophies. For more information about Hunter's Hope, call 716.667.1200 or visit www.huntershope.org.

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