|Free Brakes in October|
During the Month of October, Elysian Auto Service in Elysian is helping raise funds for a breast cancer vaccine as part of the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser. Business owners Carl and Sue Morsching are excited to be the first in Minnesota to take part is this program.
“My mom, Mary Ellen Tousignant, passed away 20 years ago due to cancer. There’s not a day I don’t miss her, and while we’ve participated in walks and other fundraisers before, we felt we wanted to do more. When I learned about this program and what Dr. Tuohy is doing, we knew it was a good fit for us,” Sue explained.
Dr. Vincent Tuohy has created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer. After 13 long years, Dr. Touhy and his research team are just a year away from their first bedside trial. All of the money raised by the Brakes for Breasts program will directly benefit the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund, towards research.
Ten percent of each brake job done during October as part of the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser will be donated to Dr. Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.
“My mom died of ovarian cancer, but we have other family members who have fought breast cancer. Plus, Dr. Touhy’s second vaccine is focused on ovarian cancer,” Sue explained. “Cancer effects so many people… so many families. We’re happy to offer this program to our customers.”
In addition to helping raise money in the fight against breast cancer, the Brakes for Breasts program is also a good deal for customers. As part of the fundraiser, the auto repair facilities are giving away free, quality brake pads or shoes. The customer pays the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job and the shops then donate the brakes.
The Brakes for Breasts program is in its fifth year, having started with five shops in Ohio in 2011. The fundraising program has grown each year and now includes 135 independent auto repair shops across the country. Visit for more information.