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Komen Tissue Bank at IU Simon Cancer Center drawing blood during Race for the Cure April 19

 

INDIANAPOLIS – April 7, 2008 -- Would you like to help find a cure for breast cancer?

You can help by donating a blood sample during this year’s Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure Saturday, April 19 in downtown Indianapolis.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will collect blood samples from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Military Park on race day. The tissue bank will have two tents located in the southwest corner of the park.

In the first tent, participants will fill out a consent form and a questionnaire that focuses on medial history. The form and questionnaire will take 20 minutes to 30 minutes to complete. Donors are encouraged to bring along a list of medications they are currently taking.

In the second tent, participants will have two tablespoons of blood drawn, which will take about 10 minutes.

By collecting blood from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease. Blood samples taken from women without the disease are especially helpful because there are few collections of so-called "normal" specimens. The bank will ultimately give researchers valuable and unprecedented research data.

“Collecting blood from women who have not had breast cancer provides an opportunity for these donors to give a unique gift to science,” Dr. Susan Clare, a co-principal investigator of the tissue bank and an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery with the IU School of Medicine, said. “Even though these donors will not benefit directly from their donation of blood, they are providing an invaluable resource to enable research that will benefit generations to come.” 

To participate in the blood draw, individuals must be female and at least 18 years old.