Brakes for Breasts

Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices sup­ports breast can­cer aware­ness fundraiser

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Bri­ana Con­tr­eras

Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices in Avon and sev­eral auto re­pair shops in the state and coun­try again are pro­vid­ing free break pads to cus­tomers for the Brakes for Breasts cam­paign.

Dur­ing Oc­to­ber, the Avon auto shop, lo­cated at 1049 Cen­ter Road, and oth­ers, are of­fer­ing cus­tomers the free brake pads in an ini­tia­tive to raise funds for re­search to­ward a vac­cine to fight breast can­cer, ac­cord­ing to Diane We­ber, shop man­ager of Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices.

Dr. Vin­cent Tuohy, of the Cleve­land Clinic, cre­ated a vac­cine that has proven ef­fec­tive in lab­o­ra­tory an­i­mals and has great prom­ise for elim­i­nat­ing breast can­cer from the world, ac­cord­ing to Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vice’s web­site.

Cus­tomers who wish to re­ceive free break pads solely will pay for the la­bor costs and other an­cil­lary parts that may be needed to com­plete the re­place­ment, We­ber said.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing re­pair shops then do­nate 10 per­cent of the brake job costs to the Cleve­land Clinic Breast Can­cer Vac­cine Fund and 100 per­cent of those to­tal funds will go di­rectly to Tuohy, she said.

This fundrais­ing cam­paign be­gan lo­cally in 2011 by Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices and Mighty Auto Pro in Me­d­ina.

We­ber said there were five other Ohio auto re­pair shops that con­trib­uted to­ward sup­plies or funds in the kick-start of the cam­paign.

To­day, the ser­vice has grown to 114 in­de­pen­dent re­pair shops in 34 states, the web­site said.

“Back in 2011, (our con­cern) was how can we help bring aware­ness and re­search the (disease),” We­ber said. “We stum­bled across Dr. Tuohy, who de­vel­oped the vac­ci­na­tion which has been in the works be­fore 2011.”

We­ber said Tuohy didn’t have the proper fund­ing to work on the vac­ci­na­tion, and now the process has be­come closer with the help of other par­tic­i­pat­ing shops.

In Avon, a lo­cal auto parts store do­nates enough break pads for at least 50 re­pairs the en­tire month, We­ber said.

This cam­paign also helps cus­tomers save money com­pared to nor­mal break-job prices, she said.

Since the be­gin­ning of its cam­paign, Brakes for Breasts has grown na­tion­ally from Lo­rain County, rais­ing $606,709.

The cam­paign raised $114,389 alone in 2017, the web­site said.

Brakes for Breasts cam­paign vol­un­teers and We­ber were hop­ing to reach the goal of 200 auto re­pair shops to par­tic­i­pate. To­day, they be­lieve they are much closer.

As mid-Oc­to­ber ap­proaches, We­ber said the Avon shop al­ready has sur­passed last year’s goal as far as break re­pairs and con­tri­bu­tions.

The shop has many loyal cus­tomers who help the cause each year, she said.

“Our clients are so used to this hap­pen­ing,” she said. “We have so many loyal cus­tomers. Even if they’re close to need­ing brakes, they’re will­ing to help the won­der­ful cause.”

There is much per­sonal pas­sion which cre­ates suc­cess in the cam­paign, she said.

“A lot of it goes back to the pas­sion to want to fix this,” she said. “We want to find a cure and we have so much faith in (Dr. Tuohy) and what he’s try­ing to do.”

We­ber said she was a vic­tim of breast can­cer when she lost her mom to the disease.

She said she wants to pre­vent oth­ers from dy­ing from can­cer.

“There’s a lot of per­sonal pas­sion be­hind it be­cause we know how it can af­fect fam­i­lies,” We­ber said. “That’s what’s driv­ing other shops get­ting in­volved.”

For ques­tions about the ser­vice and cam­paign, call Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices at 440-937-2886.

To find an auto re­pair shop par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Brakes for Breasts cam­paign in your city or state, visit www.brakesfor­­tic­i­pat­in­glo­ca­tions.


Brian Beno, a me­chanic at Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices in Avon, works in the process of re­plac­ing new brake pads for the Brakes for Breasts cam­paign at the auto shop. Through the en­tire month of Oc­to­ber, Au­to­mo­tive Spe­cialty Ser­vices, 1049 Cen­ter Road, and other auto re­pair shops in the state and coun­try, are of­fer­ing cus­tomers the free brake pads in an ini­tia­tive to raise funds for re­search to­ward a vac­cine to fight breast can­cer.

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