Ticked off: New Brighton tattoo artist joins event to stamp out Lyme disease – The Times

Josh DeLay, 35, of Beaver Falls, owner of DLay ’n Ink Tattoos and Body Piercing in New Brighton, is among 35 tattoo artists across the country participating in Ink to End Lyme, an event to increase awareness and raise money to treat and cure the tick-borne illness now detected in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

NEW BRIGHTON — Josh DeLay is ticked off about Lyme disease and rightfully so.

In 2017, Pennsylvania topped the nation with 9,250 confirmed cases and 2,650 probable, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost as many as found in New England states combined.

DeLay, 35, of Beaver Falls, owner of DLay ’n Ink Tattoos and Body Piercing in New Brighton, is among 35 tattoo artists across the country participating in Ink to End Lyme, an event to increase awareness and raise money to treat and cure the tick-borne illness now detected in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The majority of cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest.

DeLay said he will donate all proceeds from tattoos and body piercings Jan. 30 to Lyme research. He’s freed his schedule from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate walk-in customers. On an average day, he has four to five appointments and charges $85 an hour.

This is the third year for Ink to End Lyme, sponsored by nonprofit Lyme Warrior — a team of people with chronic Lyme disease working to find better treatment, testing and understanding of the illness. DLay’n Ink is one of three tattoo shops in Pennsylvania participating. The other two are near Philadelphia.

DeLay learned of the event through Facebook when tagged by a friend last month. A few days later, a client told him she was just diagnosed with the disease. DeLay thought that was more than coincidence and took it as a sign to get involved.

“If you can help, you should. It’s one day of my time,” he said, adding that he’s supported fundraisers to help animals, veterans and community projects such as the ongoing one in Beaver Falls to raise money to repair and reopen Tigerland Wave Pool.

Read more at: https://www.timesonline.com/entertainmentlife/20190126/ticked-off-new-brighton-tattoo-artist-joins-event-to-stamp-out-lyme-disease

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