June 26, 2016

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Medina auto shop drives breast cancer awareness

MEDINA — OK, so it might not be your mother’s way of raising money for breast cancer research.

Maybe your father’s?

Mighty Auto Pro, an auto repair shop at 290 S. Prospect St., Medina, had an eye-catching display in October for its breast cancer awareness fundraiser. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

A local car repair shop advertised “free brakes for breasts” and “toot for the tatas” in October, which is breast cancer awareness month.

Leigh Anne Best, marketing director for Mighty Auto Pro, said the repair shop joined with 26 independent shops in 17 states to offer free brake pads during October. The customer pays only for labor and any other needed parts.

Mighty Auto Pro and Royal Car Care & Tire Center in Brunswick were among the five participating shops in Ohio.

Best said 36 Mighty Auto Pro customers have participated so far in the fundraiser, which ends today.

Asked if you had to have breasts to participate, she replied: “No, you just have to like them.”

The shop donates 10 percent of the labor charges to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund, where a team of researchers, led by Dr. Vincent Tuohy, are working on a vaccine to end breast cancer, Best said.

Last year, Mighty Auto Pro did a similar fundraiser, and five repair shops participated. The shops raised $10,000 for breast cancer research.

Best did not yet have a total of the money raised this year.

“I’m hoping we do five times as well,” she said.

Contact Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.