By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian
Local tattoo studio Derma Doodlezz is hosting its second annual cancer benefit this Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
Money will be donated to local resident Lisa Haught and in memory of Paula Schleicher.
Derma Doodlezz will be offering cancer ribbon tattoos for $50. Massages by Massage Therapy Associates will also be available for a donation. One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated.
Jack Gorbey, who owns Derma Doodlezz with his wife, Della Gorbey, says that the tattoos will be available in different colors, to honor people with different kinds of cancer.
“My wife and I donate the building and the supplies for the tattoos, and we and the other tattoo artists donate our time,” Gorbey said. “One hundred percent goes to the people the event is for.”
Customers can also add small personal touches, such as adding a loved one’s name or significant dates. But Gorbey says to try to keep the tattoos simple, so that they will take around half an hour to do.
“We want to get as many people through as we can, so we can get as much money for these ladies as we can,” Gorbey explained.
Last year, they had four tattoo artists for the event, and ended up doing 63 tattoos and raising more than $4,000.
This year, more than 60 people have already made appointments for ribbon tattoos. To accommodate all of the demand, Gorbey has recruited artists from outside of Fairmont to help out.