Kelly hoping for national test standard

6/1/2009 - NFL

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- Now that Jim Kelly has convinced several states to begin testing infants for rare and often fatal genetic disorders, the Hall of Fame quarterback is setting his sights higher.

Kelly says he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama to push for a federally mandated national testing standard.

While hosting the Hunter's Hope Foundation's annual golf tournament, Kelly says he'll "go to the top" to get the testing required nationally sooner rather than later.

The foundation is named after Kelly's son, who died after being diagnosed with Krabbe disease, one of several disorders that have not been tested for in newborns. New York became the first state to test for Krabbe, while Missouri and Illinois have passed laws to begin testing soon.