Maine tattoo shop raises cash with pink tattoos

John Conway, of Windsor, Maine, shares a light moment with his mother, Mary Rapose, of Owl's Head, Maine, after getting a tattoo in the shape of a pink ribbon that is the icon for breast cancer at a shop in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Mary Rapose, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and family members are showing their support by getting tattoos with the classic pink ribbon icon.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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John Conway, of Windsor, Maine, shares a light moment with his mother, Mary Rapose, of Owl's Head, Maine, after getting a tattoo in the shape of a pink ribbon that is the icon for breast cancer at a shop in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Mary Rapose, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and family members are showing their support by getting tattoos with the classic pink ribbon icon.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
Posted Dec. 02, 2009, at 2:46 p.m.
Corey Conway, of Owl's Head, Maine, gets a tattoo in the shape of the pink ribbon that is the icon for breast cancer at a shop in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Conway's mother, Mary Rapose, of Owl's Head,  has been diagnosed with breast cancer and family members are showing their support by getting tattoos with the classic pink ribbon icon.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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Corey Conway, of Owl's Head, Maine, gets a tattoo in the shape of the pink ribbon that is the icon for breast cancer at a shop in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Conway's mother, Mary Rapose, of Owl's Head, has been diagnosed with breast cancer and family members are showing their support by getting tattoos with the classic pink ribbon icon.(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta tattoo shop has teamed up with the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to offer pink-ribbon tattoos at reduced prices to raise money for breast cancer patients and awareness about the need for self-examinations.

Among those getting tattoos Wednesday were the adult children of Mary Rapose, a 60-year-old Owls Head woman who is undergoing breast cancer treatment.

One of her sons, 41-year-old John Conway of Windsor, got the pink ribbon on his leg to show support for his mother. Rapose’s other son also got a tattoo Wednesday, and her daughter plans to get one this week.

The shop is offering tattoos of the pink ribbons — the universal breast cancer symbol — for $35, less than half the normal price of a tattoo.

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