Maine tattoo shop raises cash with pink tattoos

Posted Dec. 02, 2009, at 2:46 p.m.

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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