Ian Gunnell fund growing with several December events

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Ian Gunnell
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POULSBO — The family of Ian Gunnell is amazed at the ongoing community effort to raise funds for Ian’s battle with cancer.

Six-year-old Ian was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia on his first day of school at Vinland Elementary in September.

Ian’s father, Chris Gunnell, came up with Positive Fight Mode, a slogan that is motivating Ian’s circle of supporters in the hospital and in Kitsap County.

As of Nov. 27, the Gunnells and the community have raised more than $53,000 toward the $100,000 goal for Ian’s treatment.

The cost of one chemotherapy treatment is $150,000.

Several communities, churches and businesses are incorporating “PFM for Ian” into their events this holiday season, donating money from their admissions or asking for donations.

— PFM Refreshment Stand at Julefest, Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m., Poulsbo Waterfront Park. Warm drinks and candy will be offered for $1 an item as donation to Ian’s fight.

— Ian’s Carol: An Interfaith Jubilee of Hope & Voices, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Gateway Fellowship, 18901 8th Ave. NE, Poulsbo. A holiday reception will precede the headline performance by Groove for Thought. The night includes visits with Santa, a Christmas tree and wreath auction, card-making for Ian, and refreshments. Suggested donation of $15 per ticket or $50 per family. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing Cheri Starnes,; or that evening at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

— PFM Holiday Cocktail Party, Mini Tree & Gift Festival, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m., Mor Mor Bistro & Bar, 18820 Front St. NE, Poulsbo. Music by Ranger & the Re-Arrangers, drinks, a silent auction, gifts, appetizers and raffle items. Cost is $20 to attend with advance tickets. Call (360) 697-3449 to secure your place at this meaningful night out.

— Seattle concert for Ian, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., The Crocodile Back Bar, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle, featuring Vigilante Santos with support by The Ames. Open to all ages. Suggested door donation $15.

— PFM Gift Wrap Station, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Kitsap Mall, 10315 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale. Ian’s elves will wrap gifts for suggested donations.

— PFM Night at the North Kitsap High School girls basketball games, Dec. 14, 5:30 and 7 p.m., North Kitsap High School, 1780 NE Hostmark St., Poulsbo. Door donations will be accepted with a half-time free throw challenge, and at the Victory Dance.

— The Seattle Theatre Group is going to dedicate a night of their Black Nativity run at the Moore Theatre to Ian in December.

“Cancer is beginning to get real and a bit bumpy for the Gunnells, but the love of this community is making all things possible for Ian and the entire family,” Melisa Holmes, PFM supporter, wrote via email.

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