Our topic on the September 29, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection is Break for Breasts. Host Katherine Boyd talks with co-founders Laura Frank and Leigh Anne Best.

During the month of October, participating repair shops will give customers free brake pads or shoes with brake services – customers pay for labor and any ancillary parts.  The repair shops will also donate 10% of that to Dr. Tuohy’s breast cancer vaccine research.

100% of the donations go to Dr. Tuohy’s research for the breast cancer vaccine. (He also has an ovarian cancer vaccine in the works!)

They started Brakes for Breasts in 2011. The first year they had 5 local shops and donated $10,000.  Last year they had 27 shops representing 18 states and donated over $32,000.  This year the goal is 50 shops and $50,000.

The Brakes For Breasts fundraiser is different from many breast cancer fundraising campaigns which run during October because 100% of proceeds contributed by these independently-owned auto repair shops goes directly to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund to fund research of a vaccine which will lead to a cure for breast cancer, not just treatments for the disease.

The first Breaks For Breasts fundraiser launched in 2011 by two women, Leigh Anne Best of Mighty Auto Pro in Medina, OH and Laura Frank of Auto Repair Technology in Brook Park, OH.  Of the first year’s fundraising successes and campaign’s future, Leigh Anne and Laura agree that:

“100% of the money we raised during October 2011 went directly to Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund. It was important for us to raise funds for breast cancer research that we felt can have a direct impact on finding a cure for the disease (not just treatments) and where a percentage of donated profits weren’t lost to marketing and administrative fees. In just our first year, with little time to organize, we were able to raise and donate $10K with only five automotive repair shops participating. Our vision for 2012 was to ask our fellow independently-owned auto repair shop owners across the country to join our mission. By more than tripling this year’s participation, it gives us goose bumps to think of what we can accomplish in years to come.”

For more information about Brakes for Breasts, participating shops and Dr. Tuohy’s research visit .



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