Brakes for Breasts
Automotive Specialty Services supports breast cancer awareness fundraiser
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.brakesforbreasts.com/participatinglocations.
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.