Crab feed to benefit 6-year-old Blaine girl

Published on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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A crab feed fundraiser this month will help raise money for a 6-year-old Blaine girl with a rare blood disease.

The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, January 29, at the Blaine high school cafeteria and will benefit the family of Shyanne Deming, a Blaine first grader who was recently diagnosed with myelodysplasia syndrome refractory anemia with monosomy 7, a very rare illness, which, if not treated and cured, can turn into leukemia. 

“She is extremely shy but she’s your typical little girl, she likes dolls and riding her bike,” said Angela Czesak, the children’s aunt and a teacher at Blaine middle school. “Her favorite thing to do in the hospital is sing on her Hannah Montana karaoke machine.”

Deming has already undergone chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant from her older brother, Ethan in November.

Ethan is a fourth grader at Blaine elementary school.

Czesak said Shyanne has also been recovering well and has recently been discharged from Children’s Hospital in Seattle and is living at the Ronald McDonald house with her parents. “Right now all her blood count numbers are up, and everything looks good. But before they can determine she is cancer-free it will take quite a few more tests, but so far everything looks good,” she said.

Neither of Shyanne’s parents are working full time so they can be with their child.

The youngest brother, Denali, 4, is currently staying in Alaska with his grandparents.

 “The community has already been generous, and we’d like to thank everyone for their overwhelming generosity, we’re very grateful,” she said.

The family has also established a bank account at Sterling Savings under Shyanne Deming for those wishing to donate.

The cost for the crab feed is $20 per person, and tickets can be purchased by calling 332-9305 or 778-3573.