Our daughter, Kelly Duhamel, died in October 2019 after a 20-year battle with addictive substances. She was born as Paul Hamel, and had recently been transitioning from male to female. As her parents, our profound sense of loss is tempered by the countless memories we have of Kelly (Paul) as an adventurous, clever, and kind-hearted soul. She was an EMT and later built her own IT business. She loved to cook, camp, scuba dive, ride motorcycles, and ski. Over the course of her life she visited more than 40 countries and was abroad when she passed away.
Kelly fought her addiction with tenacity and courage, but in the end, the disease won. As her parents, we are determined to do play our part in reversing the rising tide of addiction, hence our support for Shatterproof.