Carroll auto shop joins national fundraiser to put brakes on breast cancer

Finksburg's Revolution Motor Works has joined a national campaign to put the brakes on breast cancer by donating 10 percent of all brake-job proceeds from October to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

Revolution Motor Works in Finksburg has participated in charitable ventures before, including one that supported a local Girl Scout troop two years ago.

This year, though, Revolution owners Jason Garrish and Jorge Gilligan decided they’d do their part in joining a broader initiative, joining more than 100 auto shops across the country in the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser. Both owners know people that have been touched by breast cancer — family, friends and customers.


Garrish and Gilligan’s business is the only participating repair shop in Carroll County, while there are 10 others in Maryland, according to the Brakes for Breasts website.

“I’ve have an aunt that’s had breast cancer,” said Gilligan. “Unfortunately I’ve had a lot of cancer in my family.”

Revolution is giving away free brake pads — thanks to some generous vendors — for customers that come in for brake jobs. Customers pay for labor and any other parts, like brake rotors. Ten percent of the proceeds from each job will be donated to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

“People need brakes whether it’s breast cancer month or not,” Gilligan said. But throughout October customers “can save a little money on their side, because the brake pads are free” and support a worthy cause.

The money funds further research, Tuohy’s efforts target the most deadly breast cancer gene, known as the triple negative gene, according to a news release.

Carroll Hospital nurse Allyson Leonard credits the support of her coworkers and hospital staff for helping her battle breast cancer.

This nationwide effort by independent repair shops, incepted in 2011 by five shops in Ohio, has raised more than $600,000, the release states.

After some 16 years of research, Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic have developed a vaccine that’s been successful in tests on laboratory animals and that’s a year away from a maiden bedside trial, the release details.

Back inside Revolution Motor’s shop, technician Tyler Carlyle took a break from the repairs he was making under the hood of a Mini Cooper.


Carlyle — born and raised in Sykesville and now living in Westminster — recently lost his mother to cancer, he said.

Participating in the fundraiser “means a lot, especially for me,” he said. “But I think everybody knows somebody that’s affected by cancer.”

He does brake jobs everyday. It’s mundane, albeit important, work.

This month, Carroll Hospital will continue to support the Center for Breast Health and breast cancer patients from diagnosis to battle and beyond with its annual Pink Fling event.

Depending on the circumstances, Carlyle said, he and his colleagues will typically test drive the car to check for vibration and pulsation when braking.

Next is a visual check: Are the pads and rotors up to spec?

“Safety is our biggest concern,” he said.


Revolution does about two sets of brakes per day, he said, “it’s a regular wear and tear thing.”

But knowing that the labor required for each set of brakes is contributing to a cause so personal offers a little extra motivation each time, he said. It makes the mundane meaningful.

Revolution specializes in European car repair, Garrish said, and each set of brakes are pricey — somewhere in the neighborhood of $600.

The local shop owners are taking on risk; this initiative will cost them, they said.

“We are a local business, and unfortunately repair shops get a bad name,” Garrish said. “But we’re trying to show that there are good ones out there.”