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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.