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Cancer fundrasier makes its mark

Local charity offers $50 ribbon tattoos to raise money for cancer research

Posted: November 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Dozens gathered outside the doors of Eternal Art Tattoo Sunday waiting for their turn to memorialize loved ones who lost their battle to cancer with a ribbon tattoo during Tattoos Cure Cancer’s inaugural event.

The fairly new organization, owned and manned by the tattoo shop’s owner Adam Guyot, hoped to raise $50,000 during the event by selling t-shirts and offering $50 ribbon tattoos that supporters could color customize and place anywhere on their body.

The organization will donate half of its collected proceeds to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and disperse the other half to families directly affected by cancer.

“Unfortunately, a lot of times it seems the money is always going where it shouldn’t,” Guyot said. “ A lot of people say they’re raising money for something and then the money doesn’t end up making it to where they said it would. So, I want to do something that’s actually going to change somebody’s life.”

Although many supporters were excited to get a new tattoo, others were emotional as they shared their stories of lost family members and friends.

Dave Harrloe waited patiently to get a tattoo honoring his mother, who was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, and expressed his appreciation for Tattoos Cure Cancer’s event.

“Maybe if it had started earlier, perhaps a cure for cancer would have been found already,” Harrloe said.

Thirteen tattoo artists were on hand during the event to help Guyot, as well as other volunteers who helped check-in and manage the incoming flow of attendees.

Although this was the first event for the non-profit, Guyot is quickly filling up his calendar with more events.

The next one, in December, will be an art show and silent auction. More details will be available on the organization’s website, www.tattooscurecancer.com.

The website also offers supporters the option to donate online and purchase t-shirts.

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