Danna Tibbetts – Arizona

Danna T – Arizona

I joined Science Care after learning about their program from a family friend. It was explained to me how several other family members had been a part of the Registry due to the high cancer rate the family has. By donating the whole body to Science Care, it gives scientists the opportunity to study how the disease may affect people in different ways, while hopefully acting as an educational experience for those doing research in finding a cure and medical treatments. Also, I believe Science Care acts as a financial saver when it comes to end of life expenses many families simply cannot afford these days. Rather than the deceased’s body being buried and lost forever to the natural decaying process, it can be studied and used to help save the lives of those still searching for hope to live. By donating my remains I am not only contributing to research and possibly saving lives, I am also alleviating the huge financial burden my family would have by trying to pay for funeral expenses. Now I have peace of mind knowing I am doing something to help others, as well as my loved ones, even after I’m gone. I am eternally grateful to Science Care for providing their services for such a hopeful cause, and continue to share the story with friends and relatives so they can take part, too.

Donor Story – Stephen Falley

stephen-falleyDonors Name: Stephen Falley

What kind of person was your brother?

My brother was the most wonderful brother to me. He was kind and loving. After our father died at an early age. My brother stepped in to be a father to his 15 year old sister. Until he died, his love and devotion of a wonderful brother never changed. I considered him to be my very best friend. He was my companion on trips and cruises. He was my person who I went to for answers and friendship.

What were his/her proudest accomplishments in life?

My brother served on the U.S. Navy. He was always in service for computer science and managerial work. He helped many people with his friendship and his financial status. At the end of his life he had memories of living in California assisting one of our other brothers in his business. He worked there until that brother passed away. He was the father that I didn’t have.

What is your fondest memory of your brother?

After my brother moved to South Florida, he decided that he would not wear winter clothes any more. He treated me to a trip to cold Boston where he wore only his Bermuda shorts. And on one cruise since he didn’t take long pants he went to the dining room in his pj bottoms. He was always ready and able to travel with me.

What did the act of donation mean to your brother, you or your family?

My brother @ the age of 74 was quite sick. When I heard of Science Care, we decided that his body would be perfect for research. He agreed to the idea and wanted me to receive his cremains to scatter on cruises that my husband and I took. And now he is there, where we went to visit together. But the most important thing to me is that his death was not for nothing. When I received the list of what they used his body for, I was so proud. Now both my Husband and I carry our Science Care card with us. So we may help others as well. It is one year later and I received notice of a tree planted in his name.

Story submitted by Ilene F.

Donor Story – Frank Collins

frank-collinsDonors Name: Frank Collins

What kind of person was your loved one?

Loving and Caring.

What were his/her proudest accomplishments in life?

His wife and 3 daughters.

What is your fondest memory of your loved one?

Vacations. He loved being with all his family and after the girls were married, we all still did family vacations.

What did the act of donation mean to your loved one, you or your family?

He wanted to donate his body, so others could learn from his diseases. For the family, Science Care made it so easy. We were out of town when he passed and they helped us, so much.

Story submitted by Eve Hoffman

Donor Story – Earl Lynn Tankersley

jaime-tankersleyWhat kind of person was your father? (Earl Lynn Tankersley)

He was an amazing father to my brother Todd and I – and he was a caring, loyal husband to my mother – and to all of his dear family and friends he was absolutely unconditionally loving.

What were his/her proudest accomplishments?

His family – his children- his grandchildren.

What is your fondest memory of your father?

My mom recalls so many memories of my dad and so many reasons to be proud. He was a high school football hero, a track star in college, president of his SAE fraternity, president of his company SASI, and much later best participant at the JCL Adult Day Care and star on the HBO Alzheimer’s series. He was passionate about doing the vaccine study for Alzheimers because he knew it would help many in the future.

What did the act of donation mean to your father?

It was his idea to give his body for others to learn from. He knew he was an eternal spirit and his body belonged to this world – he wouldn’t need it anymore once he was back in the spirit world.

Story submitted by Jaime Tankersley

Rhonda Smith – Texas

Rhonda Smith – Texas

rhonda-smith-v2I lost a member of our cancer support group 2 weeks ago and she was my rock. She was the most giving person I know. Suzanne inspired us all to help others. I and another member were talking and we decided it was the right thing to do. I discussed it with my husband and he agreed that he would do it too. You see, I had a cavernous angioma in my brain 10 years ago causing severe headaches. They found it because I was having headaches and my neurologist did a MRI to see what was going on. The ventricles of the brain were enlarged and contained abnormal amounts of fluid. The neurosurgeon put a shunt in and a week later I got meningitis. I ended up in the hospital for a month after they removed the shunt. Later they put it in my heart.

A year later I was found to have breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and the started the process or tissue expanders and chemotherapy. I worked as a nurse in a day surgery unit 1/2 day. Until one day they told me I needed to retire. Telling someone that had worked all her life as a RN 35 years she had nothing to do was horrible. That was my life. My kids were married and gone and my husband was at work. I qualified for disability due to chemo brain and 35 years of lifting patients and severe depression. But through the help of my support group and a good Neuropsychologist I am doing much better with hobbies and I see my oncologist frequently.

I prayed to live for my grandchildren to know and love me, and my how they do. I am NaNa! I have two children a son Ryan who is married and is working on his doctorate in music at Texas Tech in Lubbock. He and Amy have given me twins Chloe and Camden 11 years old and Carson. Then there is my 32 year old daughter who is married to Jay, an engineer in Houston and they have Johnny who is 8 and triplets Alex Jaxson and Kriby Leigh, they are 6. Every time we see or talk to them, it’s how are you feeling NaNa, I love you, when will we see you again. Chloe and Kirby are the girliest girls you have ever seen. They love my jewelry and my tea sets. Kirby the 6 year old saw a picture of a cobalt blue with peacocks and said NaNa, I have to have this please. See what I mean? Life is good and God is great.