THUMBS UP: We published our Cancer Awareness edition Tuesday, a special edition that we produce annually during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we salute the patients, doctors, nurses and others fighting cancer that we profiled.
One topic in particular resonated with readers: nipple reconstruction tattoos. Done right, it can be a tremendous help to women who have undergone surgery for breast cancer, and we met a Finksburg tattoo artist who has gained international acclaim for his work and a Manchester tattoo artist who is just getting started and trying to give back to those suffering — as well as their satisfied clients. Vinnie Myers, owner of Little Vinnie’s Tattoos in Finksburg, has put together The Vinnie Myers Team — separate from the shop, which offers more traditional tattoos — specializing in three-dimensional nipple and areola tattoos, and is made up of Myers, his daughter Anna Myers and fellow tattoo artist Paul Bassette. Myers, who has been doing this work for more than a decade, gets recommendations from hospitals throughout the United States and has a map on the office wall covered in push pins representing clients from across the United States and as far away as South Africa, Russia and Australia. Meanwhile, Manchester resident Jason Lynn, who owns House of Madness Tattoo Emporium & Odditorium in Hampstead, only recently did his first three-dimensional nipple reconstruction tattoo. His first client told us he did an amazing job. “She was so ecstatic,” Lynn said. “Her husband was happy, they’re all taking pictures. I was like, man, ‘I’ve achieved something really friggin’ cool.’ It’s a little more fulfilling than doing a traditional tattoo ... this was way, way better than that.” Lynn said he plans to offer three-dimensional nipple reconstruction tattoos free of charge as a way to support those who have battled breast cancer and the physical reminder of their struggle.
THUMBS UP: A local automotive shop is also doing more than its share during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Revolution Motor Works in Finksburg has joined more than 100 auto shops across the country in the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser. Owners Jason Garrish and Jorge Gilligan decided they’d do their part because both know people who’ve been touched by breast cancer — family, friends and customers. Revolution is giving away free brake pads — thanks to some generous vendors — for customers that come in for brake jobs. Customers pay for labor and any other parts, like brake rotors. Ten percent of the proceeds from each job will be donated to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. The money funds further research. Tuohy’s efforts target the most deadly breast cancer gene, known as the triple negative gene, according to a news release. Revolution is the only participating repair shop in Carroll County, while there are 10 others in Maryland, according to the Brakes for Breasts website. The nationwide effort by independent repair shops, which began in 2011 with five shops in Ohio, has raised more than $600,000, the release said.
THUMBS UP: On Saturday, Oct. 6, the building formerly known as the Longwell Avenue Armory in Westminster received a new name — a most appropriate one, at that. The structure was rededicated in honor of the late Pvt. Jerome L. Day, the first soldier from Carroll County to die in World War I, during a ceremony attended by veterans, elected officials and civilians that included three generations of Day family members. A plaque created in Day’s honor was unveiled. Day served in the H Company of the 29th Division of the U.S. Army, which was deployed from the Westminster Armory. He was laid to rest in a mass American cemetery in France. “When you think of someone that would give their life, limb or blood to guarantee freedom for our nation, including our allies, it’s truly amazing,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas B. Beyard, the keynote speaker at Saturday’s ceremony. “It’s the greatest example of citizenship mankind has ever known.”