CARSTAR Donates a Car to a Veteran

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sandra Prouty-Lemley given car to help her support her family, neighbors, and combat cancer diagnosis.

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“CARSTAR wanted to give something back to the community"
- Jeff Middleton of Puget Sound CARSTAR Business Group.

To mark CARSTAR's National Military Month this past November, 18 local CARSTAR Auto Body Repair locations joined forces with insurance company Esurance to give a van to a veteran and single mother of three who had no means of transportation.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sandra Prouty-Lemleys served for more than 20 years in Bosnia, Albania, and Iraq. Three years ago she was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer and was informed last Christmas that she had developed pancreatic cancer as well. With a dispiriting prognosis and no vehicle to get her to and from treatments, Prouty-Lemleys found herself in a difficult situation--a situation made even more difficult by the demands of being a single mother of three dependent children. Though she has been forced to rely on the assistance of family and friends for basic needs such as childcare, meal preparation and transportation, Prouty-Lemleys has devoted as much time as she can to helping those in need at the Real Life Family Center in Tacoma.

When Esurance heard Prouty-Lemleys's story, the company donated a 2002 Honda Odyssey about to be scrapped to the CARSTAR auto repair team who set to work at CARSTAR Exhibition Automotive and Bjorneby's CARSTAR Des Moines to make the car like new. It was then presented to a teary-eyed Prouty-Lemleys in Spanaway on Veterans Day. "This is going to give us freedom that we haven't had in a very long time," she told friends, fellow soldiers, and the CARSTAR team who attended the event. "Thank you for thinking of me."

Currently on leave due to her health, Prouty-Lemleys will soon retire from the army so she can dedicate her time to feeding the hungry. With a new van, she can not only drive herself to treatments but can offer rides to members of her church and her family.

“CARSTAR wanted to give something back to the community," said Jeff Middleton of Puget Sound CARSTAR Business Group. "When we heard of Lynn’s situation there was no doubt we needed to do what we could to help her. Rebuilding a damaged vehicle for her use was well within our expertise and ability. It seemed like the right thing to do."

“We’re proud to bring our talented auto body repair experts to the forefront of this important cause,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.

The van donation to Sandra Prouty-Lemleys was just one event in CARSTAR's National Military Month celebration aimed at honoring America's active duty and military veterans.

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