Donation benefits include no-cost cremation upon acceptance
Donor and loved ones may find comfort in knowing the gift will support medical research, education, and training around the globe.
Allows for pre-screening and one-year priority consideration for acceptance at the time of passing for peace of mind.
No costs associated with transportation, filing of the death certificate and permits, cremation, or the return of cremated remains (should you wish to receive them).
Science Care will assist the family in completing as much of the process upfront as possible.
No upper age limit, and most people meet program criteria, including those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
How does my loved one qualify for the HOPE® Program?
The patient, loved one, or healthcare provider may initiate the process by filling out the form on this page. Science Care will then contact you to complete the medical screening and any required paperwork.
The patient must be diagnosed as terminally ill, or be under hospice care.
Certain conditions (such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, or COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, or diagnosis) will prevent acceptance into the Science Care program.
Once you have you have decided body donation to science is right for you, we encourage you to let your loved ones know about your wishes.
What happens after a Science Care donor passes?
A loved one or care provider contacts Science Care to notify us of the passing.
Science Care will arrange transport to pick up the donor, and obtain any pending authorizations, death certificate information, or medical/social history needed to process the donation.
Specimens are procured for medical research, surgical training, and education programs.
Any tissue not recovered for research and education is cremated and returned typically in 3-5 weeks to the designated recipient.
Legacy Letter: In the month following the donation, Science Care emails a letter to the donation consenter, outlining current research programs at the time of donation.
Memory in Nature: As a celebration of life, a tree sapling is planted in honor of each donor.
Change the future of medicine and help generations to come
The gift of body donation provides a pathway to greater medical knowledge and discovery. Science Care donors have made contributions to medical research and education in areas such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, orthopedics, and more.