Tattoo Fundraiser Makes Lasting Impression

  • Pictured left to right is: Helena VanTassel, SBL Regional Cancer Center Medical Oncologist Kuppuswamy Jagarlamudi, MD, Tracy Stine, Frankie Price, Susan Schwenke, and Oncology Nurse Gail Cook, RN.

April 5, 2012 12:16 p.m.

Tracy Stine knows better than most the hardships that come with cancer treatment. She assisted her stepfather, Colie Price, and her aunt, Lucy Nay, who both battled cancer in recent years at Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Regional Cancer Center. That’s why she felt so strongly about making the road a little easier for others who are fighting cancer.

With the help of many others, Stine raised more than $3,400 on March 24 through the sale of cancer ribbon tattoos and t-shirts, and is donating the funds in a variety of ways.

She’s donated $1600 in gas cards to SBL Regional Cancer Center to distribute to its patients who need help with transportation. Lanman Oil and Hucks Convenience Store also donated gas cards. Additionally, she’s donating gas funds to a local family whose child is receiving cancer treatment at St. Jude; and she’s also contributing to Relay for Life Family Traditions team, of which she will be a part of at the August 27 event in Coles County.

While Stine’s goal was to sell 100 tattoos for $20 each, she wasn’t sure she’d even sell 75. “It was amazing,” Stine said. “Five tattoo artists from Wea Ink (Randy Stuff, Rico Thomas, Tiggr Kirk, Billy and Brian) and their apprentices (Sadie, Crystal and Brad) worked non-stop from 10 am to 3 am tattooing 170 people with cancer ribbons honoring those who have waged a battle with cancer. It was incredible.” The artists donated the tattoo fee to her cause and worked for tips during the 17-hour session.

She relied on word of mouth, posted flyers around the community, and Facebook to help spread the word of her fundraiser. Others helping her with this fundraiser were Lee Hale, Frankie Price, Helena VanTassel, Susan Schwenke, Chanette Williams, Lois Doss, Michaela Majors, Skyer Doss, Dakota Fulk, Tristan VanTassel and Regine.

Medical Oncologist Abdur Shakir, MD, said, “We have many patients who are hard pressed to find the resources for transportation for the many trips they make throughout their lengthy cancer treatments. This gift will be very helpful to them and I’m sure they will truly appreciate Tracy’s generosity.”  

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