TOLEDO, Ohio — Don Caskey doesn’t know what number of years he has left.
“I’ll be fortunate if I make it 5 (years),” mentioned Caskey.
However he is aware of he desires to be remembered whereas he is nonetheless right here combating￼ for his life.
“I can’t take anybody with me once I go, and what I’ve received is a terminal sickness, so I consider I can take my recollections with me,” mentioned Caskey.
Whereas battling stage 4 kidney most cancers, he went to a tattoo artist Julian Ybarra in Toledo with an concept.
“I used to be nervous even having contact with him due to the COVID deal. (I) wasn’t positive if I used to be uncovered to anyone, and I wasn’t positive about his well being,” mentioned Ybarra.
￼￼￼However Ybarra set to work on Caskey’s request￼: Get matching tattoos with full strangers.
Indigo Harris was one in all them.
“I believed it might be particular. I’ve by no means performed it in my life. I actually by no means thought of it, and so I suppose what he’s going by means of kinda simply opened my eyes just a little bit,” mentioned Harris.
Caskey posted the images on Fb, and it simply saved going. In a matter of some weeks, he says he now has 60 matching tattoos with folks he’d simply met￼￼￼￼. ￼￼
“Every one is its personal expertise, and every one has its personal particular person story, and that reference to that particular person and that that means with that one tattoo, it’s simply among the best emotions I’ve ever had in my life,” mentioned Caskey.
The tattoos now replenish each of his arms, and whilst he’s battling most cancers, he says there’s nonetheless room for extra whereas he is nonetheless right here.
“To me, it’s human connectivity and never solely are they supporting me, however one way or the other, what I’m doing is supporting them, too,” mentioned Caskey.