Thinking pink with ink

By Amanda Newfield

“It was a year of pure hell, but I got through it with the
support and love of my family and friends,” said Judy Doyel, 45,
who was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer six years ago. “And
now I’m happy to say that I’m cancer-free.”

Doyel underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation
treatment and has now been cancer-free since.

Her long time friend Shelly Ferrari, 45, who is a 2010 breast
cancer survivor, accompanied Doyel last Saturday to Ink’d
Chronicles in Pomona. The two received pink ribbon tattoos in
support of breast cancer research.

“When I turned 40, I wanted to get either a tattoo or a
piercing, but I got my belly button pierced instead,” said Doyel.
“For a while now I’ve been contemplating getting a pink ribbon,
just because it’s so meaningful to me.”

The two had just completed the Susan G. Kolman walk in Orange
County, where they walked with their team of family members and
close friends. The wig Doyel wore when she first underwent
treatment inspired the team’s name, Embrace.

The third annual event served as a day for honoring survivors of
breast cancer as all of the proceeds went toward breast cancer
research at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care
Center.

Terry Dipple, owner of Ink’d Chronicles on 2nd Street, was
inspired to create the event after his fiancee Michelle was
diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.

With help from neighboring stores, Platform Color Style Salon
and Push On 2nd, this year’s event included a fashion show and live
music.

“We tried to switch it up a little bit this year with the
fashion show and newly designed shirts and joining with others who
are supporting the cause,” said Dipple.

Many people who have been affected by breast cancer through
family members and friends attended the event and received tattoos
in support of their loved ones.

Jason Durbin, 31, attended in honor of his best friend, whose
mother and mother-in-law both lost their lives to breast cancer. He
received his first tattoo at the event: a pink ribbon on his right
forearm.

“Tattoo shops usually have bad raps, so the fact that they are
doing something like this is pretty cool,” said Brittany Holley,
24, who attended in support of Durbin. “It brings people out who
wouldn’t normally get tattoos.”

This year’s event raised about $6,000 with the help of outside
artists, including some who traveled hours to volunteer their
time.

Noel Terracina, 35, a volunteer guest artist from Las Vegas,
happily volunteered her time and artistic talent for the cause.

She heard about what Ink’d Chronicles was doing at a tattoo
convention through Big Ceeze, one of the artists from the shop in
Pomona.

“We put our heart into what we do, so days like this are really
special,” she said.

Terracina was moved as she watched survivors come into the shop
and share their stories.

Six-year-survivor Doyel said she learned “not to take anything
for granted” through her time battling breast cancer.

Before heading back to the parlor to receive the pink ribbon
tattoo, Doyel tearfully expressed and her long-time friend
embracing her, that this time in their lives has been a time of
deep emotional struggle but has also enabled their friendship to
grow closer and stronger.

“You cry a lot when you’re going through something like this,
but you laugh a lot too,” she said.

Thinking pink with ink

Shelly Ferraritz, 45, a 2010 breast cancer survivor, receives her pink ribbon tattoo at Ink?d Chronicles in Pomona on Oct. 9.

Thinking pink with ink

Thinking pink with ink

Amanda Newfield / The Poly Post

Thinking pink with ink

Thinking pink with ink

Enduring the sharp pain, Stephanie Alvarez, 20, gets a pink ribbon tattoo on her wrist.

Thinking pink with ink

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