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Hunter’s Hope auction wraps up tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2014 – 2:37 pm

There are just a few hours left for the Hunter’s Hope live online auction being put on by Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 where you can bid on some rare NFL collectibles among other valuable items all to support the Hunter’s Hope Foundation, which battles to fight Krabbe leukodystrophies and to advocate for universal newborn screening. Here’s where you can go to support the cause.

Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and his wife Jill have been at the forefront of this cause from the time their late son Hunter was diagnosed. Here’s more information on the events surrounding Hunter’s Day of Hope this weekend.


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Jim Kelly-why NFL scouts miss on QBs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 13, 2013 – 8:30 pm

The Buffalo Bills are in the market for a quarterback, that much is clear. And thirty years after the Bills hit on a franchise quarterback in the first round, that player has some thoughts on drafting QBs.

Hall of Famer Jim Kelly was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, to promote the 15th Annual Hunter’s Day of Hope and Prayer for Children. The event is coming up this Saturday at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse.

But Kelly also talked about the inexact science of drafting quarterbacks. Host John Murphy asked Kelly why it is that NFL scouts sometimes miss on blue chip QB prospects in the draft.

“It’s a knack to go out there and see a guy—how he drops back, how he’s going to throw a 20-yard comeback. See what type of person he is,” Kelly said. “You’re going to miss on some, you can’t get every single draft pick to fit your system. That’s what you’ve got to look at—will this guy fit our system, the one we have in place right now.”

“If you’re picking a quarterback who’s coming from a system that’s nothing like the one you have, than maybe you’re going to miss the boat,” he continued. “You might say, ‘Can I change him,’ or, ‘Do I want to change him?’ That’s what you’re going to have to look at.”

Kelly said when the Bills drafted him in the right round in 1983, he was not a finished product, like many of the prospects in this year’s draft. And when he finally came to Buffalo in 1986, he still had some parts of his game that needed work.

“One of the things I continued to work on, was my foot speed,” Kelly said. “Not so much foot speed as running, but foot speed as far as quickness. Being able to know when I had to slide to the left, slide to the right, step up in the pocket. Those are some of the things I looked at. And for me, it was just to learn a new system. I was very blessed that I had pretty much the same offense throughout my career, with some minor changes. I was able to have the same system and grow under that.”

Kelly and his wife, Jill, will host the Hunter’s Day of Hope and Prayer for Children this Saturday, February 16th. The free event runs from 1pm-4pm at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse. The event includes games, entertainment, food and activities for families.

The entire interview with Jim Kelly is accessible at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow.


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Jim Kelly’s thoughts on Bills QB needs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 13, 2013 – 7:45 pm

He was Buffalo’s first round draft pick 30-years ago. And on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Quarterback Jim Kelly has learned a thing or two about what type of quarterback can succeed in Buffalo.

Kelly appeared on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, and talked about the characteristics the Bills scouts should be looking for, as they search for a quarterback in the draft.

“Number one, character. You have to have a guy with character,” Kelly told host John Murphy.

“Personally, I think you need a guy who’s a little feisty. You have to have somebody who’s got a strong arm, coming here to Buffalo. Thick skin—because if you don’t make it work you’re going to hear about it,” he said.

And when Kelly gave the question more thought–he came back to the character issue–and how a new quarterback might fit in to the type of offense the Bills want to run.

“Is he going to be able to run the style of offense we want here in Buffalo, New York?,” Kelly asked. “This is not Miami, this is not Tampa, this is not a dome team, we play upstate, so you have to have a strong arm.”

During the course of the radio interview, Kelly made it clear he’s already looked over the list of quarterbacks who might be available to the Bills in the first round of the draft.

“I don’t think there’s a quarterback in the draft right now, who is worthy of the eighth pick of the draft. But we need linebackers, we’d love to have another big time wide receivers, we need depth. Eighth pick, that’s pretty high.”

Kelly, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow, also took time to talk about the 15th Annual Hunter’s Day of Hope and Prayer for Children. He and his wife, Jill, are hosting the free event for families this Saturday, February 16th, from 1pm-4pm at the Bills Healthy Zone Fieldhouse. The public is invited.

The entire interview with Jim Kelly will be available at buffalobills.com/johnmurphyshow.


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Hunter’s Day of Hope Sat.

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2011 – 9:54 am

Join Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife Jill Kelly at the Hunter’s Day of Hope for Children, this Saturday, Feb. 12th from 1-4 pm at the Bills Fieldhouse at One Bills Drive.

The Day of Hope for Children is a FREE event with activities, entertainment & food for the whole family!


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Help Hunter’s Hope

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2010 – 10:50 am

These are the last few days to help Hunter’s Hope win $250,000 without asking anything from you but a few clicks with your mouse.

Hunter’s Hope has entered the Pepsi Refresh Project for the month of November to win $250,000. If they win, all of the money will go towards helping suffering Leukodystrophy children and their families.

The top two organizations in the $250,000 category with the most votes in November will each win $250,000!
 
Visit the Pepsi Refresh Project website to create your login account so you can vote. You can also vote by texting 104188 to Pepsi 73774.

You will then be ready to cast your first vote for Hunter’s Hope and help them win $250,000!

Fans can vote once a day throughout November, and the month is over on Tuesday so get online.


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Help Hunter’s Hope win $250K

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2010 – 6:31 am

Here’s an easy way to help Hunter’s Hope win $250K without asking anything from you but a few clicks with your mouse.

Hunter’s Hope has entered the Pepsi Refresh Project for the month of November to win $250,000. 

If they win, all of the money will go towards helping suffering Leukodystrophy children and their families.

The top two organizations in the $250,000 category with the most votes in November will each win $250,000!
 
Visit the Pepsi Refresh Project website to create your login account so you can vote. You can also vote by texting 104188 to Pepsi 73774.

You will then be ready to cast your first vote for Hunter’s Hope and help them win $250,000!

Fans can vote once a day throughout November.


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Hunter’s Hope Candlelight Ball

Posted by Chris Brown on March 22, 2010 – 8:00 am

Bills Hall of Fame quarterback, Jim Kelly, and his wife, Jill, will hold their eighth annual Hunter’s Hope Candlelight Ball this Friday (March 26). This gala event, which has annually drawn a large and supportive crowd, is an evening to celebrate life and love for all children while raising funds to help broaden public awareness of Krabbe disease and other leukodystrophies as well as fund research efforts that will identify new treatments, therapies and ultimately a cure.  

This year’s event will take place at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside from 6 pm to midnight. Greg Connors, of Connors and Ferris LLP, and his wife Jeni, will serve as Honorary Chairs.

Registration and Corporate Opportunities for the event are still available online at www.huntershope.org. For more information on Hunter’s Hope Foundation or the Rochester Candlelight Ball, please visit them online or call 716-667-1200.

The Hunter’s Hope Foundation continues to make significant progress toward their highest priority of Universal Newborn Screening throughout the United States.  Jim Kelly, Founder of Hunter’s Hope, addressed state representatives when he was invited to speak at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In addition, the Kelly Family, along with Hunter’s Hope, received national attention in October, when the National Institute of Health Newborn Screening Research Program was named in memory of Hunter Kelly.  The program is authorized to carry out, coordinate, and expand research in newborn screening.


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10th Annual Hunter’s Hope Ball

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2009 – 11:05 am

The 10th Annual Hunter’s Hope Candlelight Ball will be taking place in just a couple of weeks, on Nov. 20th at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Clarence. 

Corporate sponsorships and tickets are still available for this worthy cause. For more information you can go to the Candlelight Ball site online or call the Hunter’s Hope Corporate office at 667-1200 ext. 207.


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Hunter’s Hope ‘Every Step Families Walk’ Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2009 – 5:08 pm

The Hunter’s Hope Foundation is holding their 12th Annual Family & Medical Symposium on Saturday, August 15th. Those who have signed up will participate in the annual “Every Step Families Walk” to raise awareness and funding to support Universal Newborn Screening. Walk ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java Center, NY.

The walk will have food, live entertainment and family activities. The Hunter’s Hope Foundation received a $75,000 contribution from Wal-Mart to assist with the funding of the Symposium. Leukodystrophy affected families participate in the five-day symposium where they learn from and share with researchers, medical professionals and other affected families.

For more information log on to www.huntershope.org.


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Kelly to be on Fox News Channel tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on February 16, 2009 – 3:19 pm

Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly will be a guest on The Sean Hannity Show on Fox News tonight (Feb. 16) at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

Kelly will of course be speaking about his Hunter’s Hope Foundation, but more specifically their top priority, which is universal newborn screening.

He and his wife Jill are trying to get legislation passed in every state to adopt a universal screening process that is more thorough than some states currently have in place.  

For more information about Hunter’s Hope, visit www.huntershope.org.


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