Carousel Nissan Supports Breast Cancer Awareness in a Local and Unique Way

Last year, Carousel Motors and Carousel Nissan had decided to do something centered around Breast Cancer Awareness month, but they wanted to do something different. They wanted to directly impact the people of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding communities, as those are the people who have made Carousel what it is today.

This particular topic hit close to home at the dealership. The 32 year old daughter of General Manager, Pat Lind, was fighting for her life last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. So in 2011, Carousel Auto Group partnered with Bras for the Cause, an organization that keeps money local to be used for women uninsured or under-insured so that they could afford mammograms. By committing to one mammogram per car sold in the last ten days of October, Carousel donated $8300 to Bras for the Cause last year.

The money is in a fund called “Carousel Auto Group Fund” at St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids and Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Women can visit those hospitals and ask about the fund, or apply for a grant here.

This year, Carousel Auto Group is committed to adding an additional $10,000 to that fund. When you visit the dealership and purchase a car, you’ll be helping a woman in the area get a mammogram that could not otherwise afford one. This marks October as one of the most important sales months!

There is more that you can do to help too, stop in and help vote for our artists “Bra” that will be auctioned off at the Bras for the Cause Gala. If you donate $1 per vote, the money goes into the Carousel Auto Group Fund and votes for our bra to be “People’s Choice” in the Gallery Days for Bras for the Cause in Des Moines, IA. This is the only “bra” representing the Iowa City area, so come in and vote!

Donations to our fund our most welcome. Checks need to be written to “Bras for the Cause” with Carousel Auto Group Fund in the memo area.

General Manager, Pat Lind shares, “Our dealership wanted to help women find breast cancer early, before it’s too late. That is why we felt it important to work with the Bras for the Cause charity that helps pay for mammograms. And, knowing the money would be kept local, was especially meaningful to us. This last month, our daughter Kelley lost her battle with breast cancer at the young age of 33. I don’t want any father, husband, brother or anyone for that matter, to have to experience such a loss. Together, we can bring an end to this disease. We thank you for your support.”

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