Hunters Day Of Hope

February 12, 2011 Updated Feb 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 12, 2011 Updated Feb 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY ( WKBW ) The Buffalo Bills Field House hosted the "Hunter's Day Of Hope For Children" Saturday. Channel 7's Kendra Eaglin helped host the charity event hosted by Buffalo Bills Hall Of Fame quarterback Jim and his wife Jill Kelly.

The Hunter's Hope Foundation was founded by the Kelly's in honor of their son Hunter, established to address the acute need for information and research with respect to Krabbe Disease and related Leukodystrophies. In addition, we strive to support and encourage those afflicted and their families as they struggle to endure, adjust and cope with the demands of these fatal illnesses.

Accordingly, our mission is four-fold:

To broaden public awareness of Krabbe Disease and other Leukodystrophies thus increasing the probability of early detection and treatment.

To gather and provide current, functional information and service linkages to families of children with Leukodystrophies.

To fund research efforts that will identify new treatments, therapies and ultimately, a cure for Krabbe Disease and other Leukodystrophies.

To establish an alliance of hope that will nourish, affirm and confront the urgent need for medical, financial and emotional support of family members and those afflicted with Leukodystrophies.

Among the essential goals, founders Jim and Jill Kelly, seek to inspire an appreciation of all children and express a thankful heart towards God for these precious gifts of life. These bedrock values are categorically and vigilantly expressed throughout all of the Foundation's programs and activities.

The Hunter's Day Of Hope For Children on Saturday, February 12 was a fun and FREE event for all families, help from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m., at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park, NY.

You may wonder why we celebrate Hunter’s Day of Hope for Children around Valentine’s Day since typically it is a romantic time for lovers and sweethearts, well, one reason is obvious – Valentine’s
Day is Hunter’s birthday. It just so happens to be his daddy’s birthday too!

The other reasons are actually even more important because they fulfill one of the primary goals of Hunter's Hope and that is to remind parents how blessed they are to have the gift of children and to thank God for them everyday.

Two very exciting things take place at Hunter’s Day of Hope for Children. One, families come together and spend time just having fun (music, dancing, games, face painting, and food). Second, the
most important – we all gather together and pray for our children. How wonderful is that!

When we look out at all the faces, we can’t help but praise God – that through our son Hunter’s life we are able to come together and celebrate life and our love for all children.

With Hope,
Jim and Jill Kelly