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Tattoos for Life Make-A-Wish Fundraisers: May 4, Noon-8 p.m., Chris Longo's Town Hall Tattoo (28 1/2 Wyoming Valley Mall Rd., Wilkes-Barre, inside Wyoming Valley Mall). Info: 570.826.1313.

May 12, Noon-8 p.m., Anatomic Body Arts (330 East 5th St., Bloomsburg). Info: 570.380.1202, tattoosforlife.org, facebook.com/tattoosforlifecares.



Getting a tattoo is an unforgettable experience, even more so when you decide to get one to raise money and awareness for a good cause. “Tattoos for Life” fundraisers have been giving back to charitable organizations in need for years, and two more are coming up in May that will allow people to show their permanent support.

“Tattoos for Life” was founded by Leann Campas, resident piercer at Town Hall Tattoo, in 2009 to simply give back and help those in need. Since then, the foundation has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and now for the first time the Make-A-Wish Foundation, all while giving people some amazing body art to walk away with.

“There are nine tattoo designs focused on the Make-A-Wish Foundation for people to choose from,” Campas said. “It's a $40 donation per tattoo, and the proceeds benefit the foundation.”

The first-ever “Tattoos for Life” benefit was directed at breast cancer awareness, and after seeing how grateful people were, Campas decided to make it an annual event.

“It's a great way to give and have a permanent reminder of it,” Campas continued. “It's natural to give back… None of us are unaffected by anything.”

The first event is being held at Town Hall Tattoo in the Wyoming Valley Mall on May 4, and the second is at Anatomic Body Art in Bloomsburg on May 12. Both shops are thrilled to be the venue of choice for such significant benefits.

“It's important to give back in life,” said Town Hall co-owner Chris Longo. “Life isn't just about making money; it's nice to give back, to be decent and help people out.”

“It's the best feeling knowing you made a difference,” added Aran Campas of Anatomic Body Art. “Everybody's donating their time, and the tattoo artists really enjoy it.”

Both shops expect to be very busy for each fundraiser with lines out the door, based on the incredible response these events have received in the past. There will be five artists on hand, and they will be cranking out the tattoos all day.

“While people are waiting in line, they talk, form bonds, and share their stories. It's like a big support group for a day,” explained Campas. “When you see a large group of strangers forming friendships and support systems right before your eyes, it is truly an amazing feeling.”

People also don't have to get a tattoo in order to help; donations of any amount can be made at both events, and those proceeds will also go straight to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, one of the world's leading children's charities. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted the wishes of more than 200,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States.

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