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Without a Word

How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything


Jill Marie Kelly is the wife of retired Buffalo Bills Quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Jill and Jim have been married for 14 years and have three children, Erin (15), Hunter (February 14, 1997 – August 5, 2005), and Camryn (10), plus three dogs (Butterscotch, Buddy, and Bella).

In September 1997, three months after their infant son Hunter was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy, Jim and Jill founded the Hunter's Hope Foundation. As Chairwoman of Hunter's Hope, Jill helps leukodystrophy children and their families by raising awareness and research funds for these devastating diseases, and by advocating for Universal Newborn Screening. More information is available at

Jill and Jim have shared Hunter's story and the mission of Hunter's Hope through appearances on nationally televised venues including, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” The Discovery Channel, ESPN, Fox Sports, and more. The Kellys have also been featured in some of the most prominent magazines in the nation including, USA Today, McCall's Magazine, Reader’s Digest and People.

Jill Kelly is the author of her memoir Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything (FaithWords, September 2010) that recounts how the Kellys discovered life, joy, and faith in the midst of suffering. Without a Word marks the first time Jill shares the full story of her family’s journey. Artfully revealing how Hunter impacted his family and the lives of countless others during his brief 8 ½ years, she candidly details both the joy and heartbreak of parenting a child with Krabbe disease.

Jill is also pleased to announce that 2010 will see the release of two companion books; Prayers for Those Who Grieve and Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted (both from Harvest House). Jill Kelly is an encouraging and passionate speaker for gatherings across the country. For more information on Jill or to request her as a guest speaker, visit

Above all else, Jill has devoted her life to caring for her husband and children and to passionately sharing messages of hope and faith. The Kelly family resides in Western New York.