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Illinois shop and hundreds of others in U.S. raise funds for breast cancer vaccine

As part of the fundraiser, the repair facilities are giving away free brake pads or shoes; all donations go toward research

Geneva, Ill.—During the month of October, Merlin Complete Auto Care in Glendale Heights, Ill., and more than 200 independent repair shops across the U.S. are raising funds for a breast cancer vaccine as part of the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser.

As part of the fundraiser, the auto repair facilities are 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 donate 10 percent of the brake job directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

All donations go directly to research and the fundraiser is celebrating its tenth year with $1 million total donations to date.

Dr. Tuohy and his team have created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in preventing breast cancer. They are hoping to start phase 1 trials this year.

With more than 3,500 centers in North America, Merlin Complete Auto Care is part of the Driven Brands family of companies. The locally owned and operated shop in Glendale Heights, Ill., is owned Muffadal Simba.

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