Portland tattoo parlor raises money for cystic fibrosis

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Portland, Ore. (KPTV) — Portland is known as the City of Roses and at Hidden Rose Tattoo, they not only do them well, but are also familiarizing people  with another type of rose – the symbolic one that’s not as pretty as the petals.

Michael West and his family drove two hours to get to Hidden Rose Tattoo for a special tattooing event. “I’m probably going to get it right here on my arm so that way everyone can see it and ask about it and i can tell them the story,” said West.

Sunday, the shop donated every penny earned to the fight against cystic fibrosis – a disease that’s often called 65 roses – a play on the words that’s been used for decades

West said it’s a way to honor his sister, “What she told us before she passed away was that she wanted to get cystic fibrosis known more.”

Portland resident Christian Peton knows this because he has cystic fibrosis, but today he’s not alone. Christian, his wife, and three of his best friends all got roses.

The color purple also represents the disease, and Peton’s tattoo will be a permanent reminder.

It’s a symbol of hope and a tribute to those who’ve lost the battle. West said, “it’s just a way to keep her alive, something visible that I can see every day.”

For more information on cystic fibrosis and how you can get involved visit cff.org.

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