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Fund-raiser to help cancer-stricken toddler

Montana Crosby has spent much of her short life traveling to and from Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

The 2-year-old daughter of a Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighter and former King’s West teacher has been battling cancer for more than a year.

Montana, daughter of CKFR firefighter Ryan Crosby and Trina Swift-Crosby, was diagnosed with stage four hepatoblastoma, an extremely rare form of childhood liver cancer, when she was just 14 months old.

Since then, Montana and her family regularly travel to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital for the now-2-year-old’s treatments.

Northwest Therapeutic Mas-sage and Wellness Center in Silverdale “adopted” Montana for the summer and hosted two fund-raisers at Clover Leaf Tavern and Pizza in Bremerton and Legend Harley Davidson in Silverdale. Combined, the events raised nearly $13,000. The money is used to cover Montana’s medical expenses not paid by insurance, living expenses while at the hospital and transportation expenses.

Trina King, of Northwest Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center, heard about Montana’s story and was “touched by her condition.” King and the business will host the final fund-raiser of the summer, Monte Carlo Night, Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Kitsap Golf and Country Club.

“We’re really happy to have been able to do this for her,” King said. “We feel like this is the best way to actually make a difference.”

Monte Carlo Night will be from 7 p.m. to midnight and will include dinner, two drink tickets, dancing and gambling chips for the mock casino. The semi-formal event will feature both a silent and live auction. More than 35 vendors donated goods, such as a one-week vacation to Acapulco, Mexico, for the auctions.

“It’s just been incredible,” King said.

If purchased beforehand, tickets for Monte Carlo Night cost $65 and $85 if purchased at the door.

King hopes the event will bring in $15,000 for the Crosby family, bringing the total of the three summer fund-raisers to nearly $30,000. King said Northwest Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center will continue to host fund-raisers for the Crosby family.

“We’ll continue to do quarterly events for her until (Montana) is out of the woods,” King said.

According to Montana’s Web site, the 2-year-old had surgery Aug. 31. Doctors found cancerous spots on her lungs and recently removed one lobe of her lung and some tissue behind the lung. They also will test for cancerous cells. Montana continues to travel back and forth to Tacoma to receive treatment.

“She’s an awesome little girl,” King said. “She’s just beating the odds hand over fist.”

Tickets for Monte Carlo Night can be purchased at Northwest Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center in Silverdale, located at 9414 Ridgetop Blvd., Suite 103 in Silverdale. For more information, contact Trina King at (360) 307-7227 or (360) 440-9261. The event is semi-formal and for adults only.

A donation fund for Montana has been set up at Kitsap Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch or mailed to P.O. Box 990, Bremerton, WA 98337. Make checks payable to Montana Crosby with reference to her donation fund.

Tribute donations also can be made on Montana’s Web site, www.caringbridge.org/visit/montanacrosby. The Web site also features updates on her current condition.

Monte Carlo Night

Saturday, Sept. 15

7 p.m. - midnight

Kitsap Golf and Country Club

$65 beforehand or $85 at the door

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