RICE LAKE, WI – June 25, 2021
Kalel Hamilton of Leesburg, TX, was diagnosed at age 5 with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is seeking an experimental gene therapy treatment that could potentially save his life. (Photo Courtesy of Rick Hamilton)
Henry raised a total of $30,000 with a ‘Guns For Great Causes’ campaign to benefit 8-year-old Kalel Hamilton of Leesburg, Texas. Kalel was diagnosed at the age of 5 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a rare and terminal genetic muscle-wasting disease with no known cure. Henry created and donated a total of 50 custom engraved “Flex For Kalel” Edition Golden Boy rifles, which sold out within a matter of hours.
The Hamilton family is working with a 501(c)(3) organization to put together a customized gene therapy treatment for Kalel with the hopes of fighting back against the disease or ultimately finding a cure. To begin production, the family needed to raise $25,000, which prompted a response from Henry Repeating Arms to assist.
“We like to think that Kalel has a lot of toughness to draw from between mountain living, the gritty streets of New York, and 5 Marines in the family. Not to mention that he is named after Superman,” says Rick Hamilton, Kalel’s father. Rick is originally from Ahwahnee, California, located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and his wife Nancy is originally from Queens, New York. Both are veterans of the United States Marine Corps and recently moved to Texas to make the doctor visits more convenient. Rick continues, “It was crazy watching how fast the rifles sold out, and we can’t thank Henry Repeating Arms and their audience enough for all of the support they have given us as complete strangers.”
“We have been running ‘Guns For Great Causes’ for well over a decade, and it is now an integral part of our company’s DNA. We are blessed to be able to give back by doing what we do best, which is building rifles,” says Anthony Imperato, President and Owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “With the entire Henry family in his corner, Kalel now has a huge cheering squad that will be there for him throughout his entire fight.”
The Henry “Flex For Kalel” Edition Golden Boy rifles featured engraving work and handpainted accents donated by Baron Engraving of Turnbull, CT. Serial no. 1 sold at auction for $1,525.