I Wear Pink: Inked In Pink

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Rachel Martin

July 22, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - As part of Indiana's NewsCenter's I Wear Pink campaign for July, Studio 13 Tattoos offered free pink ribbon tattoos to honor breast cancer awareness.

Nearly 80 breast cancer survivors and awareness supporters received free pink ribbon tattoos at Studio 13 Sunday. People lined us as early as 4:30 Sunday morning to ensure they received their tattoos, and everyone has their own reason.

“I’m here to get a tattoo for my grandma,” said Auston Ladd. “She’s actually survived breast cancer and she’s getting breast reconstruction done.”

“I’m getting a tattoo for Penny, my mom’s best friend,” said Alisha Hubbell.

“My mom had breast cancer 15 years ago, and had a partial mastectomy done. I got diagnosed with breast cancer last year,” said Samantha Lee.

As part of Indiana’s NewsCenter’s “I Wear Pink” campaign, Studio 13 Tattoos, 4720 Parnell Ave, and 1932 South Calhoun, sponsored breast cancer awareness-themed tattoos.

“They’re a sign of hope for people,” said Owner, Jake Farris. “When people see the breast cancer ribbon, I don’t think they look at it and they see suffering, they see strong people that are excited about sharing well-being and being able to help people get better.”

Survivors and their families were given a choice of 13 different pink ribbon tattoos. Farris said the tattoos offered would normally cost between $80 and $150, but on Sunday all it took was a donation to the Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“This way we’re able to encompass survivors, people that support, just the whole group of people that really want to show their support for people who’ve suffered breast cancer,” said Farris.

Lee had osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, when she was 11 years old that claimed her right arm, shoulder blade and collar bone. Last year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and at 30 years old she had to have a double mastectomy, but will begin the breast reconstruction process Monday.

“I told everybody before I had kids I wasn’t going to let the cancer take me if I had it again,” said Lee. “It came back and I have kids and I beat it.”

Lee and her husband, Matt Jacobs, both go tattoos Sunday. “It’s showing everyone that I support people with breast cancer,” said Jacobs. “Not only just breast cancer, but cancer period.”

Jaime Turner is also a survivor. She was diagnosed July 29, 2011. Turner already has four tattoos, each representing her children. Sunday she decided to add to her collection by getting a tattoo that represents herself.

“It’s going to mean that I’m still alive and I’m still here for my kids and my husband and my family,” said Turner. “It’s permanent. It’s forever with me because the cancer is forever with you. It’s always there in my mind and I want other people to know.”

Although most doctors say a mammogram isn’t necessary until age 40, Lee and Turner urge women to do it earlier in life.

“I am 36 years old. I was diagnosed when I was 35,” said Turner. “Don’t wait until you’re 40. You can’t do it. Push your insurance company to let you do it when you’re younger, it really matters.”

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