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Jill Kelly

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I am so honored and pleased to have as my guest, Jill Kelly.

Jill and Jim lost their son, Hunter to Krabbe’s disease in 2005. Jill writes with tenderness and candor, through deeply personal journal entries, to share about Hunter’s life in “Without A Word”. I wept through most of the book with tears of pain and tears of joy. Hunter and his brief life continue to be an amazing gift to the Kelly family and to the world.

Jill is an author, speaker, wife, mom, and a woman passionate about the word of God. She is married to Jim Kelly (#12, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills), mother of three gifts: Erin, Hunter (in Heaven), and Camryn.

Please listen as Jill shares her testimony, her family’s journey, and how God’s amazing love shined bright in the darkest times of their lives.


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14 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing your testimony!

  2. Tess says:

    Great testimony, thank you for sharing. May God continue to bless you and your family. God is great and all his wonderful plans.

  3. Dolores E. Torres Green says:


    Thank you so very much for your interview with Jill. It spoke to me in so many various ways. The issues of little Hunter and this precious family’s journey that resulted in such a major loss. It left me as well with tears and mixed feelings because it spoke straight into my spirit regarding my own losses in life having become a widow at age 29 and being crippled my entire childhood due to traumatic events. I was just encouraged and enlightened by Jill and her family’s strength, love, and closeness to God. It helps one refocus on what is most important in life and the one who is there to see us through no matter what, so again thank you to all of you.


    • Thank you, Dolores. I’m so sorry for your losses and difficulties. I’m grateful Jill’s story ministered to you.

      Hugs and blessings to you, sweet friend!

  4. So enjoyed listening to Jill and was blessed by her sharing. To hear about people not only surviving such heartbreaking times, but gaining so much faith & love, is just encouraging! Thanks, Carol

  5. poppak says:

    Her testimony is living proof that no matter how we start out or the problems we are faced with,
    God will complete us!

  6. Just proof that God has someone for everyone. Jill for Jim for each other and Erin, Hunter & Camryn for the both of you! Jesus for all of us. Thank for the testimony it teaches us to lean on Christ and not our on understanding!

  7. Thank you for your awesome testimony, Jill. I have spoken to you a few years ago. I don’t know if you remember. My son, Timothy was diagnosed with Krabbe’s Disease when he was a toddler. He was born normal with no signs of the disease. Then when he was 3 1/2 years of age he had a seizure. After several years of testing and genetic testing the doctors diagnosed Timothy of having Toddler Onset of Krabbe’s Disease. We also found out that my husband, myself and my other two sons were carriers. Timothy’s ability of walking, talking, eating had decreased and it came to a point that he no longer could do those things. Later in his illness he was on oxygen (24 hour) had a trachea , catheter, feeding machine, and wheelchair .. Timothy’s personality never changed. He was a very happy boy but was alway in pain. He constantly had seizures and he had many surgeries to help with his atrophy of his legs and scoliosis with his back. In Timothy’s life time we were in the hospital more than a 100 to 200 times with one thing or another with him. My heart was sadden to see my son in pain, but the Lord with a lot of prayer helped us though. Timothy lived till he was 32 years old. We would told by his physicians that he was the oldest and the longest living person with Krabbe’s Disease. On May 20, 2009 the Lord took Timothy home. Timothy is now free from the disease; dancing with the angels; and meeting all who went before him with Krabbe Disease. We miss Timothy everyday and someday we will see him walking & dancing again. Our prayer is that they (research) find a cure for this depleting disease so no other family will have to go through it and no other child would have to suffer.

    • Dear Linda, I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Timothy. Thank you for sharing part of your journey with Krabbe’s Disease. I’ll join you in prayer for the research and cure to help others with this disease.

      God bless you,
      Lisa Buffaloe