The Science Care whole body donor program in Illinois links those that wish to leave a lasting legacy to medical science with the researchers and educators that need human tissue to in order to help advance medical science. Each donor not only gives of him or herself but gives hope to future generations. By donating to medical science and research, your body lives on by allowing doctors, scientists, emergency services personnel and university medical students in Illinois and across the Globe, the ability to research new life-saving medical and surgical procedures and techniques.
The most common question about donating your body to Science Care for medical research is… “Who can donate?” The answer is simple. Most everyone will meet criteria for whole body donation, including those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. Pre-registration is not required, but it is recommended for residents of the greater Chicago area and other Illinois cities like Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin, Waukegan, Champaign, Bloomington, Decatur, Evanston and more. Joining the registry is the first step in opening the conversation with your loved ones and it is important that they understand your wishes in order to carry them out.
Science Care is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. 3rd party, independent, scientifically based accreditation is important to help shine a bright light on the quality systems and outcomes of the tissue banking operation to ensure safety and uphold the public trust.
Donating your body to science in Illinois is simple. You can pre-register by joining our ONLINE REGISTRY of future donors. Or, if you need to contact us to inquire about a family member, friend or loved one who has recently passed in IL, please call 800.417.3747 and speak with one of our Donor Services Coordinators – 24/7. Our Donor Services Coordinators will help guide you through the donation process.
If under hospice care, a medical screening and qualification can be done ahead of time through our HOPE Program: A Guarantee for Hospice Patients.
For more information about how to donate your body to science in Illinois, please visit our donation information page.
Learn more about the benefits of no-cost cremation services in Illinois and the greater Chicago area.
Science Care can facilitate body to science donations from Illinois and all states in the U.S. except MN and NJ (due to state specific laws). Donations from outside the United States are currently unavailable.
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As an alternative to traditional burial, funeral, or cremation, Science Care’s whole body donation program offers the chance to make a contribution that benefits others. By providing a vital service and a pathway to greater knowledge and discovery, together we can help save lives, advance medical research and education, and improve quality of life for families and the community.
While many people in Illinois are familiar with the organ donor process and have registered to be an organ donor, most are unaware of the fact that they can also choose the “giving” act of donating their entire body for the advancement of scientific and medical research.
Joining the donor registry in Illinois is an important first step and helps to make your wishes known to your loved ones.