December 10, 2013

Tattoo shop honors cancer survivors

Free tattoo promotion used as fundraiser for London woman with ovarian cancer

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — For the last week, cancer survivors, their loved ones and those who have lost someone to cancer have been lining up at Tried and True Tattoo for a free cancer ribbon tattoo.

Owner Brad Mallory said it’s his way of giving back.

“I stayed in trouble when I was younger,” Mallory said.  “Now that I’ve gotten it together and can do something like this, I really want to.  It feels good to give back.”

Mallory came up with the idea for cancer ribbon tattoos after a family friend, Amy Abrams of London, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer. 

“So many people have been effected by cancer; it’s terrible,” he said.

Mallory is offering the cancer ribbon tattoos at no cost, asking only for a monetary donation which will be presented to Abrams at a later time.

“Amy was diagnosed on July 15,” said her boyfriend Bryan Rush.  “They performed a CT scan and the results indicated ovarian carcinoma.”

Amy was then referred to an oncologist in Lexington, Dr. Chris Desimone.

After an exam by Dr. Desimone, it was determined Abrams had a watermelon-sized tumor on her left ovary and a grapefruit-sized tumor on the right ovary.

“He wouldn’t be sure if it was cancer until he performed surgery,” Rush said.  “Once he opened her up, he saw the cancer and that it had spread.  The surgery lasted more than seven hours and he ended up removing her spleen, the tail end of her pancreas, a portion of her bowels and performed a full hysterectomy.  She stayed at the Markey Cancer Center for almost two weeks.”

In August she started weekly chemotherapy treatments.

Abrams and Rush both update their Facebook status with pictures and updates on how Abrams is doing.  According to her latest update, she is back at the Markey Cancer Center and is being treated for severe nausea.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of family, friends, and the community,” Rush said.  “People and churches are praying for her that we don’t even know or are a member of.  We appreciate Brad and the support that he is showing, not only for Amy, but for other people in the community who have lost a loved one, are a survivor, or a fighter themselves. Cancer is a cruel disease and can change your life in a second.”