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Crosby royalty reach out to girl in need

Her father says Kristiana Brassard was a typical hyperactive preteen. She loved playing basketball and swimming. Shopping was a favorite pastime.

“Her favorite shopping mall was the Silverdale one,” said Ed Brassard, of Belfair.

But now the 12-year-old spends her days hooked up to intravenous heart medications and has traded in her basketball and swimming for card games, Yahtzee, word search puzzles, movies, or just talking with her mother, Deb Brassard, of Port Orchard.

Since July 23, Kristiana has not been allowed to leave her Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center room in Seattle without assistance from a medical worker. But the busy nurses hardly ever have the time to accompany her to the playroom.

“Overall, she looks normal,” Ed said. “You wouldn’t know she’s a cardiac kid.”

Except that Kristiana is now a shy shell of her former outgoing self, he adds.

She is waiting for a heart transplant. The operation itself will cost about $250,000, her parents say.

That is why the Miss Crosby Teen queen and princesses, only two- and three-years older than Kristiana, are dedicating their first community service project to raising money to help the Brassards.

“We thought we’d start this fund-raising going because they’re gonna need a lot of money to help with a lot of expenses,” said Janet Padden, pageant organizer and Crosby Community Club treasurer.

The club will host a dinner on Sept. 17, serving spaghetti, Kristiana’s favorite food.

Kristiana’s father works for Puget Sound Evergreen, a Belfair-based business that Padden and her husband operate. That is how Padden decided to make Kristiana the beneficiary of the Miss Crosby Teen project.

“This is not in our community, which is where we normally would do (service projects), but I know this little girl, so we’ll do that one first,” Padden explained.

She has known Kristiana for three years. Ed’s daughter would spend holidays in Belfair and go along on some of his truck

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