y t u p ‘De c’ Isaa Cowboys come calling to help young boy stricken with cancer By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski
obyn Overson thanks God every day for the miracles He has brought into her life. That includes former Hollywood stuntman and Disney animator Dr. Buck Montgomery of Goodyear, and the health of her 11-year-old grandson, Isaac Overson. The Peoria boy was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer called fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma. A recent liver transplant saved his life.
To help defray the cost of medical bills, Montgomery has organized a benefit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, at Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Road, Phoenix. “It’s amazing what Dr. Buck is doing for us,” Overson says. The event came together quite miraculously, she says. “I went to Tombstone with four other couples for the first time,” says Overson, calling from Hawaii. “I talked with some of the actors and I said I wanted to do a charity event in Phoenix for my grandson. I was thinking about doing a poker game. I just wanted to dress up (in period attire) and make money for him.” One of the actors referred her to Montgomery. Coincidentally, the Pioneer Living History Museum asked Montgomery to perform there, but he wanted to align it with a charity. He just wasn’t sure which one. “They wanted me to do an event in the spring, but I needed to have a reason to do it because I’m retired,” Montgomery says. “I found my reason.”
Montgomery calls the benefit the largest roundup of professional Wild West entertainers including himself; world champion gun spinner Johnny Hotshot; and Arizona’s official cowboy horseman Lee Anderson and his “Wonder Horse.” Other guests include Old West re-enactment groups—The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies; Tombstone’s Goose Flats Gunslingers; the Pioneer Gunfighter Association; Kitty’s Renegades; Superstition Mountain Regulators and Gene “Ringo” Kurz. Artisans, crafters and vendors will be on hand as well. A portion of the ticket proceeds and vendor fees support the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation and Overson. Tickets are $12 for adults; $10 seniors and military; $5 kids ages 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 4.
‘Smart’ and ‘personable’ Montgomery calls Isaac “smart, personable, loving and caring.” He was a typical 10-year-old boy who enjoyed soccer, camping and Lego when his life changed on June 12, 2018. Isaac complained to his parents, Craig and Krystal, of a stomach ache. A scan revealed a softball-sized tumor around his liver diagnosed as fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma. His only symptoms were a swollen