The Komen Tissue Bank, part of Indiana University and located in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the only repository (biobank) in the world that collects normal breast tissue for breast cancer research. By collecting and studying normal tissue collected from women who do not show signs of breast cancer, we can accelerate research for the causes and prevention of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women, but they are underrepresented in research.  Breast cancer mortality (death) is 41% higher in African American women than in Caucasians.  The barriers against participation by African Americans in research also work to keep our mortality rate high.

On February 28th the Komen Tissue Bank along with local breast cancer organizations Pink Ribbons Project, the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen®, and doctors from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine will host an event in Houston to collect healthy breast tissue from minority women. The Fountain of Praise is committed to the success of this event as a community partner.  You are being asked to Protect Your Legacy and Be a Part of the Cure. African American or other minority women are needed in the search for a cure. Your involvement will help researchers continue to develop treatments that benefit us all. Go to komentissuebank.iu.edu or call 866-763-0047 to make an appointment to donate tissue, or to find out about becoming an event volunteer. Healthy breast samples will be obtained through a needle biopsy procedure conducted by licensed surgeons and radiologists at the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus, 7200 Cambridge Street, Houston, Texas 77030. Join us.  To make an appointment, go to http://komentissuebank.iu.edu/tissue-donors/register-to-donate/ Simply choose “Public” as your group and choose a time.

Komen Tissue Bank is located at the Indiana University Simon 866.763.0047  |  komentb@iupui.edu