Murrysville tattoo parlor to raise money for children's cancer research
Scott Riddle of Greensburg started a fundraiser four years ago at his tattoo shop, after a friend’s young niece lost her battle with cancer.
This summer, he lost his sister-in-law Kimberly to breast cancer.
“My brother and I were there when she took her last breath. It was devastating,” Riddle said. “The more we can do to spotlight that kind of stuff, maybe we can get bigger people to do what we’re doing and raise more money.”
On Sept. 9, Riddle will be joined by several other local tattoo artists at his business, Patriotic Pain in Murrysville, for the fourth annual St. Jude Cancer Fundraiser.
For a $20 donation, Riddle and others will tattoo a small ribbon, in any color, with the proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Riddle said last year’s event drew more than 100 people, generating $2,000.
“It’s really cool to see people supporting something like this,” he said. “I’d honestly like to turn it into something bigger, with other tattoo shops all over the country doing it on the same day.”
Not counting prep work and cleanup, Riddle said he can knock out one of the silver-dollar-sized ribbons in about a minute and 30 seconds.
But it can leave a lasting impression on the recipient.
“Donating $15 in your name, that really isn’t much, but when you can use a business like myself where I have a storefront, I have a big parking lot, I figure what the heck, let’s make this huge, and to my surprise, it’s been growing each year.”
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.