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FREE BRAKE PADS or SHOESThroughout October, automotive repair shops across the country are looking to end breast cancer with a unique fundraising campaign.

During the Month of October, Import Motor Werks in Cary, NC and 174 other Independent Auto Repair Shops across the US are raising funds for a breast cancer vaccine as part of the Brakes for Breast fundraiser.

As part of the fundraiser, the auto repair facilities are giving away FREE (quality) brake pads or shoes. The customer simply pays the labor and any other ancillary parts necessary to complete the brake job and the shops then donate 10% of the brake job directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy & the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

100% of what we donate goes directly to research!

2017 marks the 7th year for the Brakes For Breasts fundraiser.
2011 Our 1st year - 5 shops in Ohio raised $10,000
2012 Our 2nd year - 27 shops in 17 states raised $32,848
2013 Our 3rd year - 66 independent auto repair shops in 27 states raised $66,499
2014 Our 4th year – 143 independent auto repair shops in 29 states raised $115,236.53
2015 Our 5th year – 174 independent auto repair shops in 32 states raised $141,868
2016 Our 6th year supporting the Brakes For Breasts fundraiser

This Brakes For Breasts fundraiser is different from any other breast cancer fundraising campaigns:

  1. Dr. Tuohy at the Cleveland Clinic has actually created a vaccine that has proved effective in laboratory animals in actually preventing breast cancer. Think about Polio, eradicated because of a vaccine, a distant memory for most generations. This is the same principle!
  2. After 14 long years Dr. Tuohy and his research team are just a year away from their first bedside trial.
  3. 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Brakes for Breasts’ fundraiser goes directly to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Fund, towards research.
  4. These are just “mom & pop” shops across the country, independent business owners that have joined hands for a great cause.
  5. The founder of this fundraiser is Leigh Anne Best, from Mighty Auto Pro, in Medina, OH!

For more information about the Breast Cancer Vaccine and a list of participating shops go to, download our “Brakes for Breasts” app to your smart phone and like us on Facebook!

About Import Motor Werks:

Import Motor Werks is a locally-owned auto repair shop in Cary, NC. Owners Sam and Tammy Russ and their team are dedicated to premier European and Asian repair and maintenance service, customer education, and community service. More information is available on the company’s website:

About Dr. Tuohy:

Dr. Vincent Tuohy has spent the past 12 years working on a breast cancer vaccine that would both prevent the disease and keep it from recurring has secured enough funding to move the drug to clinical trials.

Dr. Tuohy is an immunologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute and will head up the company, called Shield Biotech, as the Chief Science Officer, Shield Biotech, so named because the vaccine it is developing will act as a defense against breast cancer, is a spinoff-company created by Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization arm of the hospital system.


What are the details to qualify for free pads or shoes?

  1. ​Brake pads are only free if they are under $109.95/retail pricing.
  2. If the pads or shoes are more than $109.95, we subtract that amount and will only charge the difference.
  3. New rotors must be purchased in order to qualify for the special.

What exactly is Brakes for Breasts?

Brakes for Breasts is a fundraiser designed for independent repair shops in which 100% of the money raised go directly to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research.

What is the Breast Cancer Vaccine?
Cancer Vaccine that has proven 100% effective in preventing Breast Cancer in laboratory animals.

What does the money we raise actually get spent on?
Research.  Dr. Tuohy’s current vaccine specifically targets the triple negative Breast Cancer gene, the  most deadly form, with no specific treatment available. Research is currently underway to develop a vaccine suitable for all other types of Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer.

How does the Brakes for Breasts Fundraiser work?
IMW offers FREE brake pads or shoes to their clients  (for the entire month of October) and the client pays for any other  necessary parts for that brake job and labor.  IMW will then donate 10% to Support research at the Cleveland Clinic for the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Vaccine.

How do I KNOW for sure where the money is actually going?
All donations are processed electronically via a Cleveland Clinic website specifically set-up for Brakes for Breasts.  All donations on this site funds the support of Breast Cancer Vaccine Research.

What if I want to donate money directly?
You can go to the website: and click on the “Make a Donation” tab or go directly to our Cleveland Clinic giving page:

Can customers donate online?
YES!  There is an area on the individual donation page where IMW customers may note your shop name (Import Motor Werks - IMW).

Do you honor additional coupons or discounts on the brake jobs?
We do not. In the spirit of the fundraiser, we cannot accept additional discounts or coupons in addition to receiving FREE brake pads or shoes.