Thank You Modified Dolls!

The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund shows great appreciation to
The Modified Dolls - New Mexico Chapter

The Modified Dolls is an organization of women from around the globe who volunteer their time in efforts to raise funds for local and National charities. These women also happen to be tattooed, pierced and wear other types of modifications. With chapters in more than 40 states and 8 different countries the dolls strive to make a positive impact and to break the stereotypes of how those with modifications are viewed along the way. They are the different making the difference.

Thank you for hosting and organizing the silent auction held at the 3rd Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar! All the girls rocked getting some great donations for the auction and The Dolls have raised over $500 to benefit the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund at The UNM Cancer Center. Thank you for all of the hard work and dedication in helping us succeed! There were a few close calls when the bidding 

We would like to thank all of the donors and bidders who also made the auction a success! See the Items that were up for Auction and the winning bidders below!

Left: Jessica Mendoza, LTYM Volunteer Staff
Right: Jodi Martinez, Head Doll of The New Mexico Modified Dolls

Congratulations to the highest bidders!

1 Swing Evaluation & 2 Lessons GolfTEC Uptown, 6644 Indian School Rd NE #103, Albuquerque, NM 87110 // (505) 948-5095 Jeff Diamond
1 Swing Evaluation & 2 Lessons GolfTEC Uptown, 6644 Indian School Rd NE #103, Albuquerque, NM 87110 // (505) 948-5095 Jacqueline Olexy
Gift Certificate for the Trinity Hotel Trinity Hotel, 201 S Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220 // (575) 234-9891 Stephanie Flores
Tickets to Christmas on the Pecos Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 302 S Canal St, Carlsbad, NM 88220 // (575) 887-6516 Stephanie Flores
Exotic Car Drive Great American Days // 1-866-987-9876 // ------------
Winery & Bistro Gift Card Saint Clair Winery and Bistro, 901 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 // (505) 243-9916 Nichol Dominguez
Owl Watercolors Samantha Ann Wisnoski // Nathan Kottkamp
Pink Ribbon Figure Painting Michael Black Justin Raines
Spirit Bear Painting Kristin Gentry Justin Raines
Hair Cut & Style Carissa Bryant at Hair Addict, 9101 High Assets Way NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114 // (505) 899-8292 ------------
Advocacy Rocks Painting Heather Shoop ------------
Flower Painting Heather Shoop Evy Diamond
Photography Session Marlee Shaw // // ------------
Scorpion Jeweled Pin ------------ Sandra Adondakis
Turquoise Earrings ------------ Lacey Daniell
Pink Ribbon Blanket ------------ Stephanie Michnovicz
Visa Gift Card ------------ Stephanie Michnovicz
Outback Gift Card ------------ Aaron Fields


"Keep it Covered" Press Release

July 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Stephanie Flores, 505-881-6500

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Modified Dolls Help Lead Fight

Against Skin Cancer

Guys and Dolls alike will benefit from an upcoming seminar for tattoo artists and tattoo shop employees.The free seminar will offer information and materials to educate clients and promote the necessity of keeping skin protected in the fight against skin cancer. The seminar will take place from 1-3 p.m. August 11 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St. NW Albuquerque. The event is being sponsored by the Modified Dolls − “the different making a difference,” − charity group and Jeff and Evy Diamond, founders of the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit the UNM Cancer Center. Nancy Armijo, with UNM Cancer Center, will be speaking at the event.

The Modified Dolls are a non-profit organization that supports a variety of local charities. The organization’s goal is to “demolish the negative stereotypes associated with being a modified woman by doing charity work.” Recent Modified Doll efforts around New Mexico have included feeding families at the Ronald McDonald House Charity, a bike run to benefit the Carrie Tingly Children’s Hospital and Joy Junction, fundraising for the American Cancer Society, fundraising for the World Wildlife Fund and much more.

“I read a feature article about some of New Mexico’s Modified Dolls, and I felt they’d be an excellent group to work with,” said Jeff Diamond, a New Mexico attorney. “It doesn’t matter if you have no body modifications or a thousand of them, having the right information to protect your skin from skin cancer is the right thing to do.”

“I'd say as a former tattoo artist myself, I believe it's important to learn as much as possible about the skin you are working on,” noted Miranda Davi, head doll of the New Mexico Modified Dolls. “We need to be aware of the danger signs. As a Modified Doll, we have taken on the responsibility to bring awareness to our community.”

“A tattoo or another form of body modification is a work of art,” Diamond added. “With this seminar, we aim to provide Albuquerque and New Mexico’s most responsible tattoo artists and shop employees with valuable information to protect that work of art – and the beautiful person beneath it.

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  • Poster Contest - Press Release

Congratulations to:
Jacob Martinez

Albuquerque High School / Grade 10

Congratulations to:
Mitawa Johnson

Albuquerque High School / Grade 10

Congratulations to:
Phillip Carillo

Albuquerque High School / Grade 10

May 21, 2013

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Albuquerque High School Students

Celebrate Summer Safety

Some art students at Albuquerque High School will start their summer in style, after a committee judged that their posters did the best job of raising sun safety awareness. The students were all participants in the First Annual Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund Poster Contest, which encouraged young artists to find a creative way to promote UV Ray Protection for Summer Fun Perfection. The poster contest was one of’s outreach efforts. “It was a great start,” said Jeff Diamond, co‐founder of “These young men and women came up with some excellent creative ideas for advocating skin cancer prevention. Albuquerque High has some wonderful artists!”

Judges picked Jacob Martinez and his sunglasses‐themed poster as the winner. Mitawa Johnson and Phillip Carrillo’s posters were selected second and third, respectively. Savanna Molina received an honorable mention.

The students, who all attend Lisa Gillett’s class at Albuquerque High, received gift cards from the fund for their efforts. A prize was also awarded to the school, and teachers there were given information about skin cancer prevention and early detection. “I was approached by Jeff Diamond, father of Shannon J. Shaw, to promote a contest in his memory about the importance of educating about sun protection,” said Trudy Randour, Fine Arts Manager for Albuquerque Public Schools. “Jeff’s compassion for this cause grew into a contest that gives students knowledge about sun protection, while allowing for their creativity to be recognized. We are off to a good start and look forward to the opportunity to provide the promotion again next year!”

Possible themes for the poster contest included using sunscreen, wearing a wide‐brimmed hat and sunglasses, seeking shade, avoiding tanning beds, covering up with full‐length clothing and checking the UV index. Themes were taken from the EPA’s Sunwise program. The Jeff Diamond Law Firm, Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund and the American Cancer Society all sponsored and/or supported the event. Posters will go on display at local businesses. Judges included Mary Ann Weems, Larry Ahrens, Susan M. Seligman, Julie Kunrath, Rachael Alaimo‐Monson and Katie Marconett.

About the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund/Listen to Your Mom Jeff and Evy Diamond’s son, Shannon J. Shaw, died from malignant melanoma on August 31, 2009. He received treatment at the Cancer Center of the University of New Mexico, and the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Cancer Fund was established there in his memory. A website,, tells Shannon’s story and provides information on educational and fundraising efforts aimed at fighting melanoma and cancer.