June 1st, 2018
Hope vs Cancer officially launched. Conceived in the Winter of 2017 by founder Tyler Stover, the Hope vs Cancer Foundation began as an arts and crafts project to bring cheer and lift the spirits of kids going through cancer treatment. “Seeing the impact that the tattoos brought to the children, and how the burden of fighting for life through sickness and pain was momentarily suspended in favor of smiles, laughter, and a new experience, I realized there was an enormous potential to bring this feeling to more kids.”

A tattoo art aficionado and tattoo consumer himself, Tyler reached out to tattoo artists from all over the word and asked them to join the fight by donating tattoo “flash” – artwork and illustrations, and he created a GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $10K over Christmas weekend. The funds were used over the first few months of 2018 to acquire a 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, build a website, and align major manufactures for the website’s donor shop and temporary tattoos.

August 3rd, 2018

Tyler Stover of the Hope vs Cancer Foundation, and Gaston Siciliano of FK Irons, solidified and announced the partnership between the US tattoo machine manufacturer FK Irons and the Hope vs Cancer Foundation in an effort to unite the tattoo industry in the fight vs children’s cancer. Tyler had been consulting his long-time friend Gaston Siciliano, a tattoo artist and founder of the American manufacturing company of state-of-the-arts tattoo machines, FK Irons, because he’s an avid philanthropist and a strong proponent for youth development in the arts.

“I’m a believer in the power of positivity. As soon as Tyler explained what he wanted to do I was interested. Not only is this an incredible endeavor that touches the lives of children going through cancer treatment, by giving them an escape from their daily struggle, but it also represents something huge – the tattoo community worldwide coming together to make a difference.” Said Gaston Siciliano speaking on how the program achieves a combination of winning propositions.

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