70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

Moms will do anything and everything for their kids even after their children pass on.

Its always tragic when a parent outlives their child thats why its so powerful to see parents memorialize what made their child special, as little Jacob Halls family did for his superhero-themed funeral.

When a young life ends too soon, finding a way to keep that persons memory alive can be a tremendous comfort to grieving parents and friends alike.

That was definitely the case for Charlotte Tucker, a mom who lost her beloved son, Bradley Allen, to complications from his Down syndrome.

So, at age 70, she decided she wanted to get a tattoo her very first to honor Bradleys memory. It wouldnt be an easy task to step outside of her comfort zone or to pay for the cost of getting inked, but Tucker was bound and determined to see her goal through.

Read on below to learn how Charlotte Tuckers wish of a lifetime’ finally came true!

[H/T: Love What Matters]

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

Charlotte Tuckers beautiful son, Bradley Allen, was the light of her life for 35 years.

He wasa buoyant, joyous presence in the world, but his health was compromised because he was born withDown syndrome, a genetic condition that causes physical and mental handicaps.

People with Down syndrome often have a reduced life expectancy of about 60 years, but Bradley’s condition took him far earlier than expected.

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

Born in 1971, Bradley was approaching his 36th birthday when he passed on back in 2007.

Now, fifteen years later, Tucker is fulfilling a long-held dream at last.

She has wanted a tattoo to commemorate Bradley for a long time and, with the help of an organization called Wish of A Lifetime, she’ll finally get it.

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

Wish of a Lifetime helps senior citizens fulfill dreams that they’ve held onto for many years.

In some cases, it might be a wish to go fishing one last time, or ride a roller coaster for the very first time.

In Tucker’s case, the dream is simple: all she wants is to keep Bradley’s memory with her always.

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

To make that dream come true, Wish of a Lifetime set Tucker up with tattoo artist Clynt Costley, who works in Wylie, TX.

Together, Tucker and Costley sat down and discussed what elements she would want in her tattoo to memorialize Bradley.

They worked together to design a tattoo that would serve as perfect reminder that Bradley is always close.

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

Tucker came to the design process with one solid idea: She knew she wanted her tattoo to include a necktie.

Bradley had loved dressing up, especially for church, andhis mom wanted to celebrate his sense of style.

As Tucker explains in an interview, “He’d wear a tie to school if they let him!”

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

Bradley’s sense of style also included a pair of Clark Kent-styled square glasses.

Costley and Tucker made sure to bring these to life, too, setting the specs on top of the tie in memory of Bradley’s fashion sense.

They also added a few details, includingthe words, “In Loving Memory, Bradley Allen Smith.”

70-Year-Old Gets Her First Tattoo To Honor Late Son With Down Syndrome

For that little boy who lived dressing up in his Sunday best, and for the young man he grew into, it seems like the perfect memorial.

For Mom, meanwhile, it’s the perfect way to keep him close and honor who he was.

As Tucker puts it, “I just wanted to have my son always with me. I want to be able to share him more, and to show people that Down syndrome children are not to be put in a box, because they can do anything if you give them the chance.”

Check out the video below to see Tucker’s full interview.

And if you were touched by this mom’s devotion to her son’s memory, please be sure to SHARE in honor of Bradley and his mom, Charlotte.

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