New 12K benefits disease research

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- There’s a new race coming to Buffalo this May.

It’s a 12K supporting a cause that hits close to home for Jim Kelly, former Buffalo Bills quarterback.

The Bills Hall-of-Famer lost his son, Hunter, to Krabbe disease in 2005.

The Kelly Tough 12K race will benefit the “Hunter’s Hope Foundation,” which supports research and awareness for Krabbe disease and newborn screenings to prevent it.

You can run the seven miles by yourself or as a four person relay team.

Even as a professional athlete, Kelly said he was never a big runner, but said he got into shape by running up the stadium steps.

For him, the race is about community.

“No matter what we do in Buffalo, we do it together. We do it as a team. Hunter’s Hope is all about a team. And this is one where we will try to make a difference,” Kelly said.

The 12K is May 30.

Runners are encouraged to raise money for Hunter’s Hope through donations prior to the race.

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