Georgia Auto Shop Raises Money for Cancer Research

Pictured, left to right, are Service Advisor Chris Howland, owner Nicole Barrett and Service Advisor Jessica Barrett with the Brakes for Breasts sign at Barrett Automotive.

The shop's two locations are participating in "Brakes for Breasts" to raise money for the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

When customers get their car serviced at Barrett Automotive’s shops in Cornelia and Eastanollee, GA, they can also support breast cancer research.

The local auto repair shop is hosting the “Brakes for Breasts” fundraiser for the fourth year.

This October, Barrett’s Automotive is one of hundreds of shops in the country participating in the fundraiser.

Shops offer free brake pads and shoes, and customers only have to pay for things like rotors, calipers and labor. At the end of the month, 10% of the proceeds are donated to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

Nicole Barrett, who owns Barrett Automotive with her husband Justin Barrett, said they came across the fundraiser opportunity and didn’t see anyone else in the area participating so they “jumped on the bandwagon.” 

“For the Cleveland Clinic, it gives them money, but it also helps the client as well, or the customer of ours, because they’re getting free brake pads,” Barrett said.

She added if someone does not have the need for new brake pads but still wants to donate, they can make a tax deductible donation at the organization’s website.

Research on these breast cancer vaccines began in 2002 with the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Vincent Tuohy, who died earlier this year.

The lab is continuing research on the vaccine, which is designed to direct the immune system to attack the tumor and prevent it from growing. The first dose of the vaccine was given in a clinical trial in October 2021.

In February of this year, researchers at Cleveland Clinic began a new trial to focus on people who are cancer-free but at a high risk for developing breast cancer and have chosen to have a preventative mastectomy.

Barrett Automotive raised $3,629 in 2022 and made this year’s goal $5,000.

Last year, Cleveland Clinic raised a total of $200,000 with the help of the 106 repair shops across 28 states.

We thank The Northeast Georgian for reprint permission.

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