Each year, about 50,000 people in the United States alone are diagnosed with leukemia, 10 percent of them children. Leukemia is a form of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, and causes your body to overproduce abnormal white blood cells. These cells eventually crowd out your normal blood cells. There are four major types of leukemia: acute lymphocytic, chronic lymphocytic, acute myelogenous, and chronic myelogenous.

Every person who has leukemia has a unique treatment path, outlook, and overall experience battling the disease — which some choose to capture in the form of tattoos. Whether they express solidarity, inspire confidence, foster courage, or invoke any other sentiment, each one of these designs is powerful and deserves to be shared with the rest of the leukemia community.

Do you have a tattoo inspired by your fight or a loved one’s fight against leukemia? Share it with us so you can inspire others affected by the disease. Email us a clear photo of your tattoo, along with 1) a note about why you got the tattoo or what it means to you, 2) your name, and 3) with “leukemia tattoo” in the subject line.