Local tattoo shop hosts free pink ribbon contest in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop the disease in their lifetime. Every year hundreds of thousands are diagnosed and tens of thousands die from breast cancer.

For the first time, Permanent Skin Artistry in Toledo is hosting a pink ribbon contest. There's still time to nominate a survivor in your life to win a free tattoo in honor of their fight.

To do so, send a Facebook message to Permanently Scarred & Perfectly Pierced and share a bit of information your loved one's battle. You have until October 15th to enter, and a winner will be selected next week.

The winner will receive a free two inch by two inch pink ribbon tattoo. The location and design is up to them. Normally, this would cost around $150.

Jay Jay Brown co-owns Permanent Skin Artistry. Giving back is a core part of the business.

"I think part of being happy is doing service work for people and help people out. That's true success and being able to help other people," said Brown.

Jay Jay says he's given lots of pink ribbon tattoos to survivors over the years.

"It's always a big moment like that when you're doing something that special for somebody that means to them, with them going through that," said Brown.

Nicole Lucio nominated her friend Alicia Pangrac.

"I'm lucky to have her as a friend in my life," said Lucio.

They both are trainers at LBs Circuit Training and Nicole says they do everything together, including getting matching unicorn tattoos.

"In honor to support her since everything was going on last year. She's kind of called it the year of the unicorn," said Lucio.

Alicia celebrated 16 years breast cancer free last year. But, at a routine check up - she got some hard news. The cancer was back.

"She had to have a double mastectomy and she's going through all of the reconstruction now. She's already had two surgeries and after the first surgery she was just up as quick as she could be again, trying to get back to the gym," said Lucio.

Nicole says Alicia always puts others first. Her positivity is infectious and her resilience is inspiring.

Alicia loves tattoos and if she were to win, Nicole says having that constant reminder of her strength would encourage her to keep fighting.

"If I can help her get something back like one little thing for her, would just be a small mark on the impact she's had on me," said Lucio.