CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Saturday, Om Tattoo will be hosting the sixth annual “Ink to End Lyme” event.

During the month of February, tattoo shops across the nation work to raise money that will go toward getting better testing and better treatment for the disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 470,000 Americans get diagnosed with Lyme each year.

"It's really important to be able to help the community in any capacity we can," said Emily Drayer, a tattoo artist. "In society now unless it directly affects you, most people don't care. So, I think that's one of the nice things about an event like this. Even if you're not super familiar with Lyme, you know that you can still come out, support a good cause, and it'll help the community at large."

The event will go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.

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