As therapy for the mind and body, Tattoo Tom started boxing and working out again, met boxers, and eventually fought Yieta Johnson. He lost the fight by TKO but helped raise $7,000 towards the fight against cancer. Shayla (who had stage 4 Hodgkin’s disease) lost her own fight with cancer on January 28, 2009.
A rematch was arranged in Shayla’s memory, and tickets sold quickly, raising 20K in total for both boxing matches. All money was paid back, plus interest, to the charity that helped Tattoo Tom and Shayla.