Shooting victim’s wish, expressed in art, helps with healing

MARYSVILLE — Zoe Galasso, one of the shooting victims at Marysville Pilchuck High School, was an artist.

Shortly before the Oct. 24 shootings that left her and four other students dead and a sixth student seriously injured, she drew a stylized peace symbol surrounded by the words, “Make Love, Not War.”

Zoe’s mother, Michelle Galasso, decided to donate the artwork, now titled “Zoe’s Wish,” to an online fundraiser run by a local custom-apparel company.

The drawing by Zoe, who was 14 when she died, is now one of three designs by Marysville Pilchuck students on Curacy Apparel’s “Healing HeARTS” fundraiser.

Curacy CEO Mel McGhee said Michelle Galasso reached out to the company after hearing about the fundraiser and reading about it in the Daily Herald.

“She just thought this was a way for Zoe’s Wish to get out there,” McGhee said.

The original idea was to provide a venue for students at Marysville Pilchuck to heal through art.

“This is another part of her healing process, which is the whole point of all of this,” McGhee said of Michelle Galasso.

Zoe Galasso had numerous sketchbooks and was passionate about her artwork, McGhee said.

McGhee said she hopes other students will continue to submit artwork to Curacy.

“Healing is a process, it’s not a one-time thing,” she said.

The T-shirts are made to order and cost $24. More information is online at curacyapparel.com/healing-hearts.

All the profits from the fundraiser are dedicated to the MPHS Recovery Fund administered by the Rotary Education Foundation.

Chris Winters: 425-374-4165; cwinters@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @Chris_At_Herald.

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