Plain City biz putting the Brakes on Breast Cancer


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A Plain City auto repair shop is raising funds for a breast cancer vaccine as part of the Brakes for Breast fundraiser.

During the Month of October, E&R Tires is among 174 other independent auto repair facilities giving away free brake pads or shoes.

The customer pays the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job and the shops then donates 10 percent of the brake job directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

One hundred percent of what they donate goes directly to research.

2016 marks the sixth year for the Brakes For Breasts fundraiser.

In 2011, their first year, five shops in Ohio raised $10,000. The program has grown each year since. Last year, 174 independent auto repair shops in 32 states raised $141,868.

This Brakes For Breasts fundraiser is different from any other breast cancer fundraising campaigns, a spokesperson said.

Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic has created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer. After 13 years, Tuohy and his research team are a year away from their first bedside trial.

For more information about the Breast Cancer Vaccine and a list of participating shops go to www.brakesforbreasts.org, download our “Brakes for Breasts” app to your smart phone and like them on Facebook.

About Mighty Auto Pro

E&R Tires Plus is a locally-owned auto repair shop in Plain City. Owner Eric Raber and his team are dedicated to premier service, customer education, and community service. More information is available on the company’s website: EandrRtiresplus.com.

About Dr. Tuohy

Dr. Vincent Tuohy has spent the past 11 years working on a breast cancer vaccine that would both prevent the disease and keep it from recurring has secured enough funding to move the drug to clinical trials. Dr. Tuohy is an immunologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute and will head up the company, called Shield Biotech, as the Chief Science Officer. Shield Biotech, so named because the vaccine it is developing will act as a defense against breast cancer, is a spinoff-company created by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization arm of the hospital system.

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