From May 6th to the 10th the Komen Tissue Bank Team went to Orange County, California, on what we call a “site visit”. Whenever we are planning to do a collection event outside of our IU facilities, we must first go there and sort out the logistics of the venture.
The KTB will be holding an event at Memorial Care Medical Group Urgent Care Center in Fountain Valley, California, on Saturday, November 2, 2013. This amazing opportunity is being hosted and supported by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Orange County affiliate and the Memorial Care Health System.
All of our wonderful support team has rallied around us. Wheaton World Wide Moving will drive all of our supplies across the country. Hologic will donate their fantastic ATEC machines to take the samples, and will also supply technical support for them. The Komen Orange County affiliate is working to secure other, local support for the event, and is also spearheading the search for donors and some of the volunteers.
During our visit we met with everyone who will be intimately involved with this project. We visited the event site twice to work out the often-complicated logistics of holding an event away from our home turf. We went to the beautiful offices of Komen Orange County to meet all of the staff and to discuss and plan the next steps. While there, Dr. Storniolo gave a talk to all the affiliate employees as well as a few outside groups who have interest in supporting the work of the Komen Tissue Bank.
On another day we met with members of the cancer clinical research team who is assisting us with walking through all of the particular regulations which come into play when working with human subjects research. Some of the members of this group have already committed to being team leads for the more technically-oriented volunteer groups.
It was great meeting so many people who embrace the goals of the Komen Tissue Bank. Although the trip boasted a full agenda of meetings, visits, and business dinners, our KTB Team still found a little time to appreciate a stunning sunset one evening. We’re looking forward to seeing more of these when we return in November.