A tattoo is permanent
but MS doesn't have to be
Jess & Renee
A tattoo is permanent
but MS doesn’t have to be
Kiss Goodbye to MS Ambassadors Jess and Renee both have young families, so they don’t have the time (or hamstrings) to climb a mountain or compete in a marathon. Instead, they are staring down the barrel of a tattoo gun.
Jess and Renee have been friends since childhood, and together they have been through it all. They survived the horrors of hypercolour tees, homemade fimo jewellery, Degrassi Junior High and call waiting. They bleached their hair with lemon juice and sunlight—it didn’t work and they got sunburnt. They swore an oath of silence for the 40 Hour Famine—also a fail, mainly for Jess. They made each other friendship bracelets, shared each other’s Easter egg haul, held each other’s hands through break-ups and eventually became godmothers to each other’s children.
But Renee and Jess never thought they’d be getting ink together—especially not for a cause.
In 2011, at the age of 29, Renee was diagnosed with MS. Naturally, Jess was the first person she called. Since then, Renee’s health has remained stable, but for many others with MS, things take a much different course as they learn to live with this degenerative illness with no known cure.
Yes, tattoos. Real ones. The kind that don’t rub off with warm water after a pirate party. Arrrr, the kind that scar you for life.
Multiple Sclerosis is just a fancy schmancy medical name for a condition that causes numerous scars to accumulate on a person’s brain and spinal cord. Today, approximately 23,000 people in Australia bear those scars, many of whom are young women like Renee and Jess.
We desperately need a cure. Australian scientists are leading the charge in world research. While they say a cure is close, they need funding to get there.
So donate here to see these friends seal their bond of bad life choices with matching tattoos.
Or, if you’re feeling benevolent (PLEASE BE FEELING BENEVOLENT) donate here to spare them from the gun. Do they really have to call them that?
A tattoo is permanent, but MS doesn’t have to be. Please give generously.
Voting closed on 28th May, 5pm AEST time, with the following tally:
YES – $15,439.96
NO – $17,241.41
Donations are still more than welcome!