People get some body art to help teen battling Lyme disease

Heather Brimicombe
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Some tattoos have a meaning to them, a personal meaning to the owner.

Candace MacDonald gets a clover tattoo on Friday as part of a fundraiser for Chelsey Livingston-Rector, a teen battling Lyme disease. HEATHER BRIMICOMBE – THE NEWS

Friday a few people got new tattoos that mean something not just to them, but to someone else as well.

Friday was the annual tattoo-a-thon fundraiser for Chelsey Livingston-Rector. The fundraiser is to help support her family with the cost of seeking treatment for her. Treatment for chronic Lyme disease is currently unavailable in Canada so Livingstone-Rector must travel to the United States to be treated.

George Smith of Two Face Tattoos in Stellarton came up with the idea for the fundraiser and it has been going strong for three years now.

“Hopefully we get the bill passed in Canada, to get the treatment for Lyme disease in Canada instead of them having to travel,” said Smith, “but I do what I can to help.”

The fundraiser usually includes the tattoo-a-thon as well as a barbecue but this year a bottle drive was added in as well.

Candace MacDonald has a tattoo of a Chinese symbol from last year’s tattoo-a-thon, and now a freshly inked clover complete with flourishes behind her left ear from this year’s. “It’s for a good cause,” said MacDonald, “everyone should come down and help out.”

With 15 tattoos already done by lunchtime, and people asking to be tattooed next, the fundraiser was a success.

“Next year hopefully we’re going to get a little bigger and better,” said Smith. 

Geographic location: Canada, United States, Stellarton

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  • Jeff Levy
    May 03, 2014 - 20:37

    What is Lyme Disease: An evidence-based exploration of the concepts and common medical misconceptions of Lyme disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tX70ivbRyJ4