Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tattoo Tom and Stillbrave - Fighting Childhood Cancer

Name: Tom “Tattoo Tom” Mitchell

What is your job? Executive Director Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation

What social causes are most important to you? Fighting Childhood Cancer

What charity do you support – and how? I am the Executive Director of Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation. Our mission is to provide non-medical supportive care to children with cancer and their families.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? Yes, I lost my daughter Shayla to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? Advocate, volunteer,  DONATE! ...just please DO something!

How would you define social responsibility?  “I expect to pass through life but once.  If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."  ~William Penn

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work? I have the words “still” and “brave” tattooed on my hands. If I place my hands in a position similar to praying they come together to say Stillbrave.

Quick list of tattoos?
I have a lot of tattoos.

Full back piece: muscles, bones, spine
Large hawk across the front of my neck
Full arm sleeves both arms: Family tree, portrait of my daughter Shayla and the names of my other children and others
The words “Self and Made” on my knuckles
Elephant on my leg
Namu Amida Butsu (Buddhist saying across my belly)
Many, many more…
Favorite Artists; James Marlowe and Steve Jones

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