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A Terre Haute tattoo shop teamed up with PINK of Terre Haute for the month of October to give customers a permanent reminder of the cause. For $40 people can get a tattoo from Queen City Classic Tattoo of a breast cancer awareness symbol with half the proceeds going to PINK.
When Angie marvel took her last radiation treatment on October 26, 2012 she knew she had to find a way to give back to an organization that kept her spirits up throughout her journey. After meeting Carrie Clarke at Queen City Classic Tattoos, the two women had a plan.

"I'm a survivor myself, sorry I still get emotional, I've lost a very near and dear friend to breast cancer," said Marvel. "It's touched my aunt's life also. And I just don't feel like any woman should ever have to go through what us other women have gone through. So anything I can do to support the cause, I'm going to do."

Marvel never saw herself as one of "them." She was always a support system. Until July 2, 2012 when her world was turned upside down. Now she's teamed up with Queen City Classic Tattoo for a permanent reminder of what she's endured.

"I think tattoos have come a long ways," said Marvel. "Everybody loves tattoos. They're pretty, they're fun, they're colorful, and it's an expression. By me tattooing it expresses me and my emotion, and my passion for cancer."

Queen City's artists have already designed several tattoos symbolizing breast cancer awareness, but Marvel already had a pink ribbon on her forearm. Wednesday, she chose one word that summarizes her self-induced medicine.

"Laugh. I'm going to have laugh around the tattoo because that's what got me through ... was laughter," said Marvel.

The ultimate goal is to raise funds to benefit P.I.N.K of Terre Haute that helps women in the area that have been affected by breast cancer. The organization supports them both monetarily and emotionally, but awareness is the key to any cause.

"To make everyone realize that it doesn't matter. Cancer doesn't discriminate on age, race, style, size. Nothing matters," said Marvel.

Each tattoos has a flat rate of $40 and half the proceeds go to P.I.N.K. The fundraiser goes until October 12. Queen City Classic Tattoos is also taking pre-orders for t-shirts. You can call the shop through October 12 to order them for $12.

Queen City Classic Tattoos
812-232-9940
1323 Wabash Ave.
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