Scott Black  York Dispatch file
Scott Black York Dispatch file

When he got a terminal liver cancer diagnosis, tattoo artist Scott Black fought back.

After getting sick about a year ago, he married his girlfriend of eight years, Heather, in February. The same day, he learned how many people truly care about him at a benefit that organizers weren't even sure he'd be able to attend.

The event raised more than $2,000, which was designated to go to his memorial arrangements.

But now, a second fundraiser — the Cancer Sucks Benefit for Scott Black — has a different goal: funding alternative treatments so that he can stay well.

Mistletoe: After being sick for so long, Scott has been doing well lately, and he's comfortable and stable on his medication, Heather Black said.

"In general, he is doing fabulous," she said.

Scott has been released from hospice care for the time being, so he wants to pursue mistletoe therapy, an alternative solution to cancer, Black said.

Mistletoe therapy uses extracts from the plant in the form of injections. It has been shown to kill mouse, rat and human cancer cells in the laboratory, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"Scott has a chance to prolong his life," she said.

The cost of the injections is about $150 per session as part of a clinical trial, Black said, so the funds raised at the benefit will go toward treatment expenses.

The benefit: The Blacks have been living with their longtime friends Tracie and Tim Youngman in Hallam, and the benefit will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the home, 52 Freysville Road.

"They're just wonderful people," Black said. "We couldn't ask for better people in our lives."

There will be lots of food — chicken, pork and beef — as well as door prizes, hourly raffles, kids' activities and a bonfire in the evening.

DJ Jody Stambaugh will perform from 2 to 6 p.m., followed by the Trailer Park Cowboys at 7 p.m. Two tattoo artists will also do tattoos on site.

Black said that the public is welcome, and she's expecting about 250 people.

Price is $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. Children under 18 receive free admission.

Black said that she's so thankful for all the kind people — and even strangers — who have donated to Scott's cause.

"There are good people out there," she said. "I wish there were a lot more people in the world like that."

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.

Benefit for Scott Black

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the home of Tracie and Tim Youngman, 52 Freysville Road in Hallam.

There will be food, door prizes, hourly raffles, kids' activities and a bonfire in the evening.

DJ Jody Stambaugh will perform from 2 to 6 p.m., followed by the Trailer Park Cowboys at 7 p.m. Two tattoo artists will also do tattoos on site.

Price is $10 for individuals and $15 for couples. Children under 18 receive free admission. All money raised will go toward alternative cancer treatments for tattoo artist Scott Black.

Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair and RSVP by Friday at (717) 538-9876.

Those who can't attend may send checks payable to The Scott Black Cancer Fund, 52 Freysville Road, York, PA 17406, Attn: Tracie Youngman.