Hunter’s Hope Foundation was established by Pro Football Hall of Fame Member and former Buffalo Bills Quarterback, Jim Kelly and his wife Jill, after their infant son, Hunter (2/14/97—8/5/05) was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, an inherited fatal nervous system disease. When the Kellys welcomed their only son, Hunter, into the world on February 14, 1997— Valentine’s Day and Jim’s birthday— they knew he was destined for something extraordinary.
Hunter's Hope addresses the acute need for information and research with respect to Krabbe Disease and related Leukodystrophies. In addition, Hunter’s Hope Foundation strives 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, the 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.