Scott's Body Shop supports Spectrum cancer center

BIG RAPIDS — Though most car owners would rather not need to have their car repaired, one local body shop is adding a redeeming factor to the experience.

Along with restoring the vehicle’s body, Scott’s Body Shop also will donate up to $150 per repair and an additional $50 for every windshield replacement to the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.

“Cancer affects everybody in some way or another. You don’t have to look too far to find somebody who has fallen victim to it,” said Bill Edwards, owner of Scott’s Body Shop in Reed City.

Bill and his wife, Sylvia, are partnering with Spectrum Health to support the cancer center project by funneling money from Scott’s Body Shop’s repair jobs to Spectrum Health’s Bringing Hope Closer to Home Capital Campaign. The campaign is more than half way to its goal of raising $2.4 million for the Regional Cancer Center, set to open next fall in Reed City.

Though the business also has given to schools and other organizations in the area, the impact of cancer on their own family and the hospital’s nonprofit status is what makes supporting the Cancer Center a priority.

“Both my parents died of cancer,” Sylvia said.

Recalling the hour-long trip Sylvia’s father made to receive cancer treatments in Grand Rapids, the Edwards want to help other patients by supporting a treatment center close by.

“I remember those days when her dad was fighting cancer. He’d have to go to Grand Rapids, and those treatments aren’t fun,” Bill said. “Being 15 minutes away from home versus an hour, that alone is an asset.”

With a mission statement “ to serve God by upholding the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in our journey to provide exceptional service and satisfaction,” the Edwards see the campaign as a way to further their goal in the community.

“We’re a small business and we make a living from our community, so we at Scott’s feel that if we can give back to our community — who gives to us every day — it’s our chance to reach out and do something for them,” Bill said. “It’s part of our mission statement and it’s part of our values.”

Spectrum Foundation Development Director Christie Carlson said the Edwards’ campaign is the first of its kind.

“This is the first time we’ve had a small, family-owned business come to us with this type of a proposal,” Carlson said. “This project is not just a Reed City project, it’s regional. It’s inspiring that they get that and know that our patients are out here in this neck of the woods.”

Coming into the shop’s busy season, the Edwards chose to start the campaign when they could provide the largest donation. They also hope to encourage others to look for opportunities to support the Regional Cancer Center.

The small business owners are confident their customers’ support will allow them to offer a generous donation the Regional Cancer Center.

“Our customers are very generous. For over 40 years, we’ve had a very loyal and generous customer base and this has allowed us to support many projects. We know that this campaign will be no different,” Sylvia said. “We are hoping the entire community will use this opportunity so that the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center can benefit as well.”

Scott’s Body Shop is located at 10811 Northland Dr., in Big Rapids Township. For more information, visit www.scottsbodyshop.com or call the shop at (231) 796-6006.