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Louisville tattoo shop offers ink to benefit cancer patients

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Have you been wanting a tattoo? Sunday is the day to get one for a good cause.

A local woman's memory is inspiring others to give back. 

"Everything was for other people. Up to the day she passed away, it was always somebody else. She wanted them to understand that they were not climbing their mountain alone. That's what we do, we're continuing her dream," said Jerry Steinberg about his daughter Meghan.

WDRB reported on Meghan's Mountain this spring following her long battle with leukemia. "Along the way, she found the love to help other people."

Despite the fight of her life, she was concerned with helping others in the hospital and the world took notice. "That what it was all about, it was touching people and touching kids and touching adults. She would buy recliners in the hospitals that couldn't afford them, blanket warmers, whatever it took to do that," Steinberg said.

That now includes tattoos. Tattoos Against Cancer began six years ago.

"I was having a hard time figuring out what I could do specifically and my wife and I were talking and came up with the idea to have a benefit day at the studio where we would tattoo all day long and donate 100 percent of the money to her foundation," said Buddy Wheeler, owner of Tattoo Charlie's.

Meghan passed away this year. However, the will to give back is what's keeping her memory alive. "Even though she's not here anymore, the number of kids that she's helped over the years is just phenomenal and I'm really proud to be a part of that," Wheeler said.

"They keep giving. They just keep giving and Tattoo Charlie's, when they said we want to keep it up, that just right here, because that was her dream," Steinberg said. 

Tattoo Charlie's has raised nearly $40,000. "Somehow or another, that love that she gave to the world, came back."

Tattoos Against Cancer is Sunday. Doors open at 9 a.m. Artists will tattoo through 1 a.m. The shop will offer a set sheet of 18 designs to choose from including the cancer ribbon, a dove and butterfly. 

Wheeler said they've been very busy in the past for this event, so expect a wait. The shop welcomes donations, even if customers aren't in the market for a tattoo.

All three Tattoo Charlie's locations are participating:

  • 7904 Preston Hwy in Louisville
  • 7640 Dixie Hwy in Louisville
  • 470 New Circle Road #2 in Lexington

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