CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2015) — Tire Pros dealers across the country are supporting breast cancer research this fall individually and collectively through their own efforts as well as those coordinated by the program's administrator, American Tire Distributors Inc.
Collectively, in October some Tire Pros dealers are participating in two fund-raising efforts for breast cancer research — first by selling pink- and black-colored AutoTex-brand wiper blades and donating a portion of the proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and second by agreeing to donate 10 percent of the value of brake services they perform during the month to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.
Wexco Inc.'s AutoTex pink program, now in its sixth year, also supports the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
The latter program, “Brakes for Breasts,” supports an organization in its fifth year that has raised more than $220,000 across the country for the Cleveland Clinic research fund.
Tire Pros corporate has arranged for local parts suppliers nationwide to donate brake pads to participating dealers and shops, which then offer free pads to customers, Tire Pros said. Customers pay for labor and any additional parts. Tire Pros stores then donate 10 percent of the value of the brake jobs to the Cleveland Clinic fund.
The Cleveland Clinic's 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, and has secured enough funding to move the drug to clinical trials.
Dr. Tuohy, an immunologist at the Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, will head up a spin-off company called Shield Biotech that will work to commercialize the vaccine. For more information visit the Brakes for Breasts website.
Beyond the national programs, several regional groups of Tire Pros dealers have teamed up to support the cause, ATD/Tire Pros said.
In Alabama, two Tire Pros dealer groups banded together to support separate “Tires for Tatas” programs that benefited two charities.
In the Birmingham-area, Warren, Warrior, A&R, Southern Rubber, Cahaba and McGriff Tire Pros raised more than $7,200 for breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen Foundation of North Central Alabama through their “Tires for Tatas” program.