Proceeds from 100 rifles to go to sick Kansas girl

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WICHITA, Mo., AP) — A gun manufacturer is donating the proceeds from 100 .22 rifles to raise money to help a southeastern Kansas girl with pulmonary hypertension pay for expenses related to her illness.

New Jersey-based manufacturer Henry Repeating Arms already has donated more than $52,000 for Grayson Sutton, a 5-year-old from Sedan, The Wichita Eagle reported (
Sutton was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2014. The illness causes high blood pressure in the arteries that lead to the lungs and can lead to heart failure.
The newspaper reported Sutton’s illness now is under control, but she’ll need a new heart catheter in May and later will need a lung transplant.
“She has a life-limiting illness,” her mother Robyn Sutton said. “It will shorten her life but we just don’t know to what degree it will.”
The newspaper reported Sutton faced more than $10,000 in travel expenses alone for an initial trip to a Colorado children’s hospital. She had been making monthly trips to the Denver Children’s Hospital and now must return every three months.
A family friend who knows Anthony Imperato, the owner of Henry Repeating Arms, told him about Sutton’s illness. Imperato also runs Guns for Great Causes, which donates guns for auctions, but never before donated this many guns for an individual cause.
Each rifle is etched with a sunflower and the phrase “Get Well Grayson.” Imperato estimated it cost about $30,000 to produce the guns.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,