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Brakes for Breasts: 5th Year of Free Brake Pads and Cancer Research

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auto repair shopIf you can only see less than one-fourth inch of brake pad, they need to be replaced or you’re going to need brake repairs soon. However, if you can hold out until next month, you can save yourself money and support a good cause. What started with just five auto repair shops in Ohio in 2011, has grown to 136 shops across 28 states. Brakes for Breasts is a month-long charity-service promotion in which participating auto repair shops, all of which are independently owned, are offering free brake pads to customers throughout the month of October.
Customers will still be charged for labor and any other additional costs, but 10% of that money will go directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and his breast cancer research team at the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund, according to the local Minnesota news outlet southernminn.com and the program’s own website brakesforbreasts.com. One of the headlines on their homepage states:
“We are growing each year by leaps and bounds – 100% of what we raise goes directly to research.”
This will be the benefit’s fifth year in action. So far, they’ve accumulated $224,584.
Besides being an inspiring example of small business owners and their customers working together to make the world a better place, one of the most interesting aspects of the whole ordeal is the institution where all this money is going.
Dr. Tuohy and his team at the Cleveland Clinic have spent the last few years developing a potential vaccine to one of the most prevalent forms of cancer in the world. According to the Brakes for Breasts website, they have already tested a successful Breast Cancer Prevention Vaccine in the lab and are in the process of taking it to human trials late this year or early 2016. Their research is also at the forefront of potential vaccines for ovarian and prostate cancer, among others.
Faulty brakes can have dire consequences if left unattended. You should have the brake pads on your car inspected by a professional every 12,000 miles, or once every six to 12 months. This is just an estimate, though, as some pads will last upwards of 70,000 miles, while others will need replacing after 25,000. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and find a participating auto repair shop near you to get new brake pads, while also helping to support the cause for a vaccine for breast cancer.