‘‘Jim cuts a wide swath,’’ former teammate turned broadcaster Steve Tasker said. ‘‘He doesn’t forget people. And for that, people love him. That’s why Buffalo loves him. That’s why I love him.
‘‘He’s a teammate in life.’’
The Kelly for Kids Foundation was established in 1987, and has since donated millions of dollars to numerous organizations around the region.
Kelly later founded the Hunter’s Hope Foundation in honor of his son, Hunter, who was born with Krabbe disease. That’s an inherited degenerative disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The disease hinders development of the myelin sheath, a fatty covering that protects the brain’s nerve fibers.
Given little more than three years to live, Hunter died at the age of 8 in 2005.