I recently had a chance to be a part of something pretty awesome, as those of you who follow my travels already know. I was invited to Indianapolis just before the Super Bowl for an event at the Komen Tissue Bank. Komen, as you know, has been in the news a lot lately; still, regardless of that well-chronicled dust-up, men and women are still being diagnosed with breast cancer everyday. A few weeks ago, I was invited to Indy Super Cure, an event put on by the Super Bowl Host Committee aimed at raising awareness and increase the number of donors at the tissue bank.
The Komen Tissue bank harvests healthy breast tissue from women in an effort to unlock some of the mysteries around breast cancer. This particular weekend, they hosted he Indy Super Cure event, where more than 700 women donated tissue. A remarkable thing to see, I was floored by the complete selflessness of these women.
These fresh faces were just a few of the 600 or so volunteers who made the event happen..
This is Lisa Miller and she’s kind of a big deal to scientists. She’s donated breast tissue twice, once as a healthy woman and then again, after her breast cancer diagnosis. That means scientists, instead of comparing two types of tissue (healthy and diseased) from two different subjects, they can remove one more variable since they have two samples from the same person.
These sisters, whose mother had beast cancer, came together to donate. Indy Super Cure worked very hard to reach out to the African American community in Indianapolis and they did so through churches and other social organizations. Women of color are diagnosed with breast cancer less but die more from the disease.
Mercy Obeime is a local physician who decided to donate. A wife and mother, she allowed me document her as she went through the procedure. Step one: paperwork with a Komen volunteer.
Dr. Susan Clare and me. Dr. Clare is one of the women behind the Komen Tissue Bank, an idea she told me, she first started thinking about as a medical student.
Blood work was next for Dr. Obeime…
The surgeon goes over Dr. Obeime’s chart and explains what will happen.
A little local numbing then the surgeon takes the sample…
.. which was then taken to be processed minutes later..
And then it was done. Dr. Mercy Obeime walked out after donating her time.. and a piece of herself to find a cure.
The tissue donation is only done at this center in Indianapolis but there is a way you can help. You can text 27722 if you’d like to make a $10 donation.
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