Globe University – Wausau Assists with Ink-a-Palooza Event

At Globe University, our mission consists of two simple, yet powerful words: We Care. We care about our employees, our students, and the communities we serve. We demonstrate We Care by preparing career-focused, community-minded graduates for the global workforce.

The Angels of Miracles is a Wisconsin community-based organization that reaches out through multiple networks in search of families who seek financial assistance for children who have long-term illness/disability or has suffered a life-changing trauma. June 11, 2016, will be a day that is remembered in the Wausau area thanks to Angles of Miracles and local tattoo business New Life Ink hosting their 2nd annual Ink-a-Palooza.

Tiffany & KatieFaculty member Katie Palesh and accounting student Tiffany Karlen from Globe University – Wausau jumped at the opportunity to assist for the 2nd Ink-a-Palooza. The child who was nominated for this event is a beautiful 8-year-old girl, with a wonderful smile, and energy that’s contagious named Ana.

She was diagnosed in July 2015 with NF2, which is extremely rare at her age; most don’t find out until their late 20s.  She sees numerous doctors in Marshfield and then has to travel to St. Louis every 2-3 months to meet with specialists. She has had four MRIs which is more than most adults have to go through. These MRIs monitor the tumors in her brain and along her spinal cord due to there not being a cure for NF2; only hope.

13434837_1068337406582596_8924044656537950968_nNew Life Ink donated half the cost of every tattoo to the Angels of Miracles organization, which in turn donated those funds to the Hope for Ana campaign. There were gift bags
given out to the first 100 people who came in for tattoos and piercings, and the first 50 people in line received laser tag tickets for the new location that opened up in Cedar Creek. It was Angle of Miracles way of thanking all those that came out to support the event.

Katie Palesh and Tiffany Karlen handed out gift bags to say “thank you”, greeted all the incredible supporters that came through New Life Ink’s door, and even received something a little more permanent.

“Watching all those people line-up to sign in, buying t-shirts and bracelets for the same cause supporting Ana, was an incredible image. Majority of the supporters who came out that day talked and played around with Ana, while she watched people getting their tattoos done,” Katie Palesh said.

“This was my second year volunteering for Ink-a-Palooza and it was just as amazing as last year. I look forward to helping out next year and with the one that will take place in Chippewa Falls in August 2016,” Tiffany Karlen said.

This event happens annually; each time a new child and family are chosen to receive Angel of Miracles help along with the amazing volunteers that come out.

Post written by Katie Palesh, resource specialist.