The Science Care whole body donor program links those that wish to leave a lasting legacy through medical research with the researchers and educators that need human tissue to do their important work. Each donor not only gives of him or herself but gives hope to future generations. Hope for new disease treatment options, better patient outcomes and advanced surgical procedures to improve the future for all of us.
The most common question about how to donate to Science Care is, “who can donate?” The answer is simple. Most everyone will meet criteria for donation, including those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Pre-registration is not required and there is NO UPPER AGE LIMIT. Plus, you can choose to be both a whole body donor and an organ donor. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. And by donating to research, your body lives on by allowing doctors and medical students the ability to research new life-saving medical and surgical procedures and techniques.
A life-affirming choice, donation is also a highly individual decision. In every way possible, Science Care honors your decision by adhering to the strictest guidelines through the entire donation process. Donation is no cost to the donor or donor’s family, and each donor and family is treated with compassion, care, respect and dignity.
Joining the donor registry is an important first step and helps to make your wishes known to your loved ones. Your information is never shared and is kept confidential with restricted access.
If you need more information or have questions about whole body donation, please give us a call. Our family services coordinators are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week and can answer all of your questions.