I mean moms like my friend Tami. While I wasn't there during her motherhood journey and have no idea whether she experienced freak outs over things like piercings, blue hair or that first tattoo (all things I actually think I'm okay with, at some point and to some degree)... it's her love for her son and his creativity that has come back in the most heartwarming way.
Chase has created a one-of-a-kind event to support his mom, who has just completed treatment chemo and radiation for breast cancer. For just a 20 dollar donation, a local tattoo shop has offered to donate their time and skills and tattoo those brave enough with a 1.5 inch breast cancer awareness ribbon. (PS You don't have to get the tattoo - you can just donate 20 bucks at the event or even send it in.)
Tami, who lives by the motto 'real men wear pink,' has been overwhelmed by the support of friends and family, but none more passionate than her own husband and two sons, all planning to honor the woman in their life by getting their tattoos for tatas. But Tami's family is also shedding light on the many men who suffer from breast cancer, and are also raising money in honor of Tami's father, who passed away from breast cancer.
"I am so proud of my son and what he is doing and hope that it will be a day to remember forever. We are most passionate about getting the word out to men that they, too, can get breast cancer! We don't want to lose another one of the precious men in our lives to this disease."
For more info, check out the Tattoos for Tatas page on Facebook.
It's because of Tami, Chase and their entire family that I've learned lesson #13. Embracing those you love for who they is the only way to go.