AGD2023 Keynote Speaker Announcement!

  • by AGD Staff
  • Apr 12, 2023, 10:20 AM

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The Academy of General Dentistry, is pleased to announce the AGD2023 keynote speaker will be Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and oral cancer survivor Jim Kelly. He is known for his toughness on and off the field.  In his presentations, Kelly shares his life story of overcoming obstacles in addition to his insights on leadership, teamwork and raising a special needs child. Jim Kelly’s story is one of “A Journey of Perseverance” and will focus on the four Fs — Faith, Friends, Family and Fans.

Jim Kelly was a Buffalo Bill for his entire NFL career, 1986 – 1996, and continues to hold almost every team passing record.  A five-time Pro Bowler and leader of the popular no-huddle ‘K-Gun’ offense, Kelly led the Bills to six AFC East Championships & four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Although Jim Kelly never won the NFL’s championship game, his standing in the eyes of his colleagues and fans was never affected by his failure to win the big game. His record both on the field and off, is universally respected.

Although his toughness and determination on the field was impressive, Jim’s real legacy would be solidified after retirement. Jim’s only son, Hunter, was born in 1997 and was soon diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy and was given a life expectancy of 2 years. Jim and his wife Jill established the Hunter’s Hope Foundation to provide research with respect to Krabbe Disease other Leukodystrophies as well as being advocates for Universal Newborn Screening. Hunter celebrated 8 years of life until he was laid to rest August 5th, 2005.

Between 2013 and 2018 Jim Kelly fought through three bouts of oral cancer which entailed multiple reconstructive procedures to rebuild his upper jaw.  In July 2018 Jim received the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award at the ESPY’s. In his speech he asked everyone to “Make a difference today, for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow”.

Don’t miss Jim’s powerful message and register for AGD2023 today!

Keynote Speaker Address Details
Keynote Address: A Journey of Perseverance
Jim Kelly
Subject: 770 Self-Improvement
Course Type: Lecture
Credits: 1
Thursday, July 20: 4:30–5:45 p.m. 
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Residents, Students, Dental Assistants
Fee: Free 
Location: Julius Ballroom, Pool Level

This session is included with your AGD2023 registration and will automatically be added to your schedule.

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