Wednesday, 13 June 2018 21:08

Tattoo fundraiser supports fight against Lyme Disease

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Tattoo fundraiser supports fight against Lyme Disease

BANGOR - Folks in Bangor got some new ink Wednesday and supported a worthy cause at the same time.

Diversified Ink partnered with Maine Lyme for a fundraiser supporting the fight against Lyme Disease.

Proceeds from the tattoos help the non-profit spread the word about Lyme and support a local boy who is fighting the illness.

More than 75 people signed up to permanently show their commitment to the cause.

"I'm so impressed with the huge turn out and the people that are involved," said Happy Dickey, president of Maine Lyme. "What that says to me is that a lot of people know a lot of people with Lyme Disease."

One of the participants was Britni Gaddis, who got her first tattoo today.

For her, the disease hits close to home.

"Both my aunt and my younger sister have Lyme Disease. They've both been officially diagnosed with it so one, it's a great cause and two, it has meaning for me," said Gaddis. "And I think it'll mean a lot, especially to my aunt, because she struggled with it a lot, so just wanted to do it for them."

Organizers say the event raised more than $3,500 for Maine Lyme.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!