My name is Sydney Peck and I have the honor to serve as the Tissue Navigator at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
More than 8 years ago, I lost my brother to his battle with medulloblastoma.
As a young child I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medicine – I just wasn’t sure which field.
After losing my brother, it became clear that my future was meant to become an advocate for and serve the pediatric neuro-oncology field.
Since then, I have graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S in Biomedical Sciences and
I am currently wrapping up my M.S in Neuroscience at the University of Central Florida while also applying to medical schools – where one day I will become a Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist.
Currently at Arnold Palmer we have developed a Neuro-Oncology Translational lab that allows our lab team to collect,
process and store many tissue samples from surgeries and autopsies.
This allows us to grow cell lines and observe the characteristics of the tissue for further testing or collaboration with other institutions.
Tissue donation plays a key role in helping us find a cure to help save others! I am honored to be able to
build relationships with the families and patients to help make their donation as meaningful as possible.
A Simple Two-Step Process
For the family, once a decision has been made to donate, only two things are required. The first is written consent for the child to become a tissue donor, and the second is a single phone call to a tissue navigator at the time of a child’s death to initiate the process.