Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tattoos for a Cause Photo Contest 2011 Winners

The Fight Like a Girl Club

The Fight Like a Girl Club is happy to announce the Winners of the Fight Like a Girl Club Tattoos for a Cause Photo Contest 2011. The Contest which ended at midnight EST on Monday, September 12, drew 158 entries ranging from beautiful butterflies to picturesque art to loving tributes to stunning awareness ribbons. Fight Like a Girl Club Founder, Sandy Ellis, says “I couldn’t be happier with our very first photo contest. I think our members and fans enjoyed reading the stories and meanings behind the tattoos as much as they enjoyed viewing the tattoos. While we could only have 3 “Winners” every single entrant is a winner as far as we’re concerned!”

From Sacrifice, Life On August 12, 1999, when I was 18 years old, my life changed – for the better. 

After two years on dialysis while in high school, I received a call that there was a kidney available for me. I have never lost sight of the fact that every August 12 while I am celebrating an anniversary of new life, there is a family out there mourning the death of their loved one. 

I know very little about my donor, other than the fact that he was 20 years old and was taken too soon by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting incident. He unknowingly paid the ultimate price so that I might live. 

I got this tattoo on August 12, 2011 to commemorate the life of my donor. While I endured quite a lot of pain getting this on my right hip (next to my transplant scar – visible in the picture), it is nothing compared to the pain of losing a son, a brother, a friend. “From sacrifice, life 8-12-99.”

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