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Former Bills star, wife to speak at church

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

ST. CHARLES TWP. — Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife Jill will share the story of their life and love this weekend in front of a large local crowd at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road.

As part of a limited national tour, the Kellys will discuss h=ow their faith guided them in hard times, particularly the death of their son, Hunter, in 2005.

The Hunter’s Hope foundation was established in 1997 by the couple after Hunter was diagnosed as an infant with Krabbe Leukodystrophy — more commonly known as Krabbe Disease — an inherited fatal nervous system syndrome.

While most children with the rare disorder typically do not reach their second birthday, Hunter lived to be 8½ years old without ever speaking a word.

Following Hunter’s death, Jill wrote the New York Times bestselling book, “Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything,” describing how the Kelly family was rescued by God in the darkest of times.

With a forward by country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, “Without a Word” offers hope to those grieving the loss of a family member.

The NFL Hall of Famer and his wife will speak during church services at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Christ Community Church website,

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