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For the Love of Tattooing, The Transformative Tattoo: The Warechowski’s

17 Aug 2016 | Categories: Featured Blogs, Interviews | Posted by: Sean Herman

Here’s the fifth story in our series “For the Love of Tattooing, the Transformative Tattoo”, that we are presenting with our good friends over at openoureyes.org. To learn more about this series, check out our introduction blog here.  We hope you enjoy!.

Sean Herman


Most of the time in my career, I am tattooing the same people, over and over again, for years.  There are some people that I have been tattooing for over a decade, watching their lives grow and flourish.  Marriages, births, and deaths all occur in these times, and I get to experience that with them.  I started tattooing Mike and Katie Warechowski almost a decade ago.  I celebrated with them as their business grew, and as their family grew when Katie became pregnant.  I was so excited to hear the stories after his birth, and to get the opportunity to meet this incredible kid.  With every appointment they shared stories about Mikey’s milestones, about how he could count to twenty, and how much he loved his stuffed animals and insisted on bringing them everywhere.  At one appointment they mentioned that through this, he was still having some issues walking, and they were going to different doctors to get tests done.  The next appointment I learned of Mikey’s diagnosis of late infantile onset MLD, or Metachromatic Leukodystrophy.

Mike, Michael, and Katie enjoying a day out.

Mike, Michael, and Katie Warechowski

Katie:

“Most people get a lifetime with their children. Not us. Not any of the parents of late infantile onset MLD children. Metachromatic Leukodystrophy is quite severe, progressive and fatal. Most children live to age 5, some to age 10. This disease causes it’s sufferers to require constant care as their brains and nerves begin to deteriorate, losing the ability to sit up, crawl, eat, see, hear and eventually, breathe. The only treatment for this disorder is a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant. Unfortunately, transplant is not generally recommended for late infantile onset of MLD so the we have decided not to put Michael through transplant but rather, to keep him at home where he is happy and we can share him with everyone who loves him.

To get the full story of Katie, her husband Mike, and their son Michael, click here.

Mike's left forearm that I tattooed.  It's a T-rex (Michael's favorite) coming out of Micheal's baby blanket.  The T-rex is chasing a purple butterfly (a symbol for MLD), showing Michael aggressively fighting the disease and being strong.

Mike’s left forearm that I tattooed.  It’s a T-rex (Michael’s favorite) coming out of Micheal’s baby blanket.  The T-rex is chasing a purple butterfly (a symbol for MLD), showing Michael aggressively fighting the disease and being strong.


The Warechowski’s medical bills are outrageous as they do not qualify for Medicaid. You can help this family by making a donation directly with your bank account via PayPal by clicking the link: https://www.paypal.com/home

* Please follow the instructions below to make the process as easy as possible:

-Click on “Send Money” (the third option on the horizontal navigation bar at the top of the page under the “Home” tab”)
You must click “My payment is for Friends and Family” so we can bypass any credit card processing fees normally charged to businesses for online sales

-You can pay with your credit/debit card but it will charge you a small processing fee based on the amount you donate. Or, you can pay directly with your bank account and you will not be charged a processing fee, but you will have to create a PayPal account and enter your bank account number and routing number and the process is a little longer

-Enter warkatie327@gmail.com in the To: {Email Address} field and follow the rest of the instructions on the screen

For more information on Mikey, updates, and how you can help, check out theirFacebook page for updates and to follow their story:

https://www.facebook.com/Mikeys-Mission-1386542568341019/

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