No child should have to begin life, fighting to cling to it. Likewise, no parent should have to endure the pain of watching their child endure something like that. However, such is the case with 11-year-old Sami Bernadzikoski and her family, of Elkridge, Maryland. As we all know, battles like this can rack up the bills. For this reason, Henry Repeating Arms donates 65 rifles to the cause.
Henry Repeating Arms Donates 65 Rifles to Help with Medical Expenses
From the time she was born, little Sami has been fighting for her life. In her 11 short years she has undergone five open-heart surgeries and over thirty cardiac catheterization procedures. Unfortunately, this is not the end of the fight, as she has at least one more open-heart surgery scheduled.
With the cards stacked against her, Sami is diagnosed with several congenital heart defects. These include single ventricle, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary vein stenosis, transposition of the great vessels, and atrial septal defect.
On top of that, she also has a rare condition called heterotaxy syndrome. As a result, her organs are formed abnormally, in the wrong place or missing altogether. Her treatments require a visit to Boston several times a year.
“She has been poked, prodded, and cut by doctors her whole life,” says James McVay, a family friend that brought Sami’s case to the attention of Henry Repeating Arms. “Her normal life is what anyone else would call torture, and she takes it in stride with the rarest complaint.”
Henry Repeating Arms Guns For Great Causes
Henry’s Guns For Great Causes has been in operation for two years and raised over $200,000 for five families. Additionally, all of the rifles have sold out within a matter of hours after the initial announcements.
It’s time to do it again.
Built on Henry’s Golden Boy Silver rifle platform, each rifle is chambered in .22 S/L/LR. The walnut stocks feature a nickel-plated receiver cover, in addition to a deeply blued steel octagon barrel.
Each rifle also has an engraved and hand-painted design that incorporates Sami’s “whimsical, curious, and adventurous spirit,” within each letter of her name. Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut donated the artwork and embellishments.
Finally, each rifle in the series bears a unique serial number ranging from “01OF65SAMI” through “65OF65SAMI.”
How You Can Help
For more information about the Guns For Great Causes campaign or to purchase any of the 65 rifles donated by Henry, please visit HenryUSA.com/support4sami.
The auction for serial number “01OF65SAMI” is available on GunBroker.com, item #913742436. The last rifle in the series, “65OF65SAMI,” is also up for auction, item #913742797. Both auctions close on Nov. 4.
“I have yet to see a photo of Sami where she didn’t have a huge smile on her face, which is incredible once you learn what she’s going through,” says Anthony Imperato, CEO, and Founder of Henry Repeating Arms. He continues, “I would like to give a big hug to Sami and her family, and I look forward to seeing how fast these rifles sell out thanks to the generosity of the Henry family.”