Tattoo shop to hold fundraiser for little girl battling cancer

Shauna Quinn is a Columbia native and precious 5-year-old with a winning smile. On Jan. 15, Shauna was diagnosed with Wilm's tumor, also called nephroblastoma, a malignant cancer that originates in the kidneys. She has endured surgeries, hospitalizations, chemotherapy, losing her hair as well as being tired and often feeling sick — all with a smile on her face.

Shauna has stayed strong and upbeat.

During the next several months Shauna will face multiple trips to the hospital for treatment every week.

Konkrete Jungle Kustom Tattoo, 6590 Old Waterloo Road, Suite 4, Elkridge, will hold a fundraiser for Shauna on Sunday, June 9, noon to 8 p.m. Proceeds will help Shauna's family offset her mounting medical bills.

There will be plenty of food, including cupcakes; fun; auction items; contests; raffles; a low-rider car show; and, of course, ink (even temporary tattoos for the kids). Also, guests are invited to bring Shauna a hat gift; the person who brings the one she loves most will win a prize.

The artists will be doing cancer ribbon tattoos, with prices ranging from $25 to $60. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Shauna's family, so if you've ever thought about getting a tattoo, Sunday would be a great day to take the plunge, and help the little girl with the big grin and a great need.

Alyssa Nutter, of Elkridge, graduated from Long Reach High School, and is now a 2013 graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

In addition to her degree in anthropology, Nutter has a graduation story few can top. Her mother, Cheryl Gast, graduated the same day from University of Maryland University College.

Asked what it has been like to go to college at the same time as her mother, Nutter replied, "We have had very different experiences since I'm at a residential liberal arts college and my mom has been a full-time working professional the whole time she's been taking college classes."

However, having a mom who understands the lingo of college life has been helpful, Alyssa said. "It's cool that we can have a conversation about using Blackboard, for example. None of my friends' parents know anything about that."

The semester that Nutter studied abroad, Gast had no trouble filling the role of proxy to register her daughter for classes.

The extended family attended Nutter's commencement ceremony on May 11, so Gast did not walk in her own ceremony. However, she has applied to a Master of Business Administration program and has made it known that when she graduates from that program, the family will come see her walk.

"I'm so proud of my mom," beamed Nutter. "She's been a great role model for myself and my younger brother."

Way to go, ladies!

Don't forget to come out in support of the Elkridge Heritage Society (EHS) Brumbaugh Bash, Saturday, June 8, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Brumbaugh House. Tickets are $25 per person; $10 for children, ages 6 to 10; under 6 are free. Join EHS for a delicious barbecue feast; beer and wine will be available for purchase by adults 21 and older.

The EHS is dedicated to preserving local history and very proud of recently completed renovations to its "museum" in Elkridge, and would love to share the workmanship, as well as the mission of the society.

Tickets are available online at, or mail your check to the Elkridge Heritage Society, 5825 Main St., Elkridge, MD 21075. If you do mail a check, please follow up with an email to For additional information, call 443-620-3347.

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Thanks and have a stellar week.

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