HOPE® Program for terminally-ill patients or people in hospice or palliative care

Anyone who has been diagnosed as terminally ill, or is under hospice or palliative care, and is in an eligible state can be screened for acceptance into the Science Care HOPE® Program. Upon completion, there is a one-year priority consideration for acceptance into our program, which provides peace of mind to both the donor and their loved ones. Restrictions apply; please see below the HOPE® Program Terms & Conditions.

Note: Science Care registration does not equal guaranteed acceptance. You must be fully enrolled in the HOPE® Program for our one-year priority consideration for acceptance into our program at the time of passing. If you become terminally ill after registering with Science Care, you must then contact Science Care to complete the medical screening. To complete the screening, you can simply complete the form below or call Science Care at (800) 417-3747 ext. 2.

HOPE® Program Pre-enrollment Form

Science Care can facilitate donation from all states in the U.S. except AK, AR, HI, MN, NJ, and OK (due to state specific laws). County restrictions may apply.

If you are filling out this form on behalf of the patient, please provide your contact details below.

For postcards: Look for the code under the address window.
For books or magazines: Look for the code on the back cover page under the Science Care logo; on the registration cards near the back of the book; or on the page preceding the registration cards.
Most people meet the criteria for donation with Science Care, including those with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Certain conditions such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, COVID-19 (symptoms, exposure, or diagnosis), extremely high or low body mass index (BMI), or the state of passing could exclude donation.

Your information is never shared and is kept confidential with restricted access.
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HOPE® Program benefits

  • Joining the Science Care Registry is not required prior to joining the HOPE Program.
  • No upper age limit. Most people will qualify.
  • Allows for pre-screening and one-year priority consideration for acceptance at the time of passing for peace of mind. Restrictions apply. Please see below the HOPE® Program Terms & Conditions.
  • No cost associated with the coordination of transportation, filing of the death certificate, cremation, or the return of cremated remains not matched with a current Science Care program.
  • Phone line (800) 417-3747 is available 24 hours
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How does the HOPE® Program work?

  • Review our HOPE® Program checklist and process here.
  • The patient must be diagnosed as terminally ill, or be under hospice or palliative care.
  • The patient, loved one, or healthcare provider may initiate the HOPE® Program process by filling out the form above or by calling Science Care at (800) 417-3747 ext. 2.
  • A quick pre-screen is required to determine if the patient meets criteria for current research or training programs.
  • Once accepted, Science Care will work with the patient, legal next of kin, and/or healthcare provider to complete as much of the donation paperwork as legally allowed. This includes self-consent for patients who are able to sign. There can be no history of memory loss, confusion, Alzheimer’s, or dementia at the time of signing. This simplifies the process at the time of the patient’s passing.
  • Science Care will determine the highest consenting class in order to obtain consent after passing, if needed.
  • At the time of passing, all required paperwork or follow-up questions will be finalized. Science Care will arrange for transportation and cremation.
  • Tissue not recovered for research and education is cremated and returned typically in 3-5 weeks from the time the physician signs the death certificate, if a cremated remains recipient is designated.

Program Terms & Conditions

  • The HOPE® Program donor and/or donor loved one has completed the medical screening assessment with Science Care and acceptance is granted.
  • A valid authorization for donation and cremation must be provided to Science Care by the donor prior to passing, or by the required number of the highest legal order next of kin after passing.
  • The terms and conditions as established by Science Care’s informed consent for donation and cremation will apply.
  • The donor or legal next of kin must not have revoked the informed consent for donation or cremation, which they may legally revoke at any point in the process prior to tissue procurement.
  • The donor must reside in one of the eligible states at the time of passing. We are not able to accept donations from countries outside of the U.S.
  • Upon passing, timely notification to Science Care is required in order to maintain tissue integrity for medical research and education.
  • Upon passing, Science Care must be contacted immediately to dispatch a Science Care partner to assist with the removal and donation process. Failure to contact Science Care immediately or choosing to dispatch your own funeral home could impact acceptance.
  • Participation in the HOPE® Program is valid for 12 months from the time of enrollment.*
  • Science Care cannot guarantee the patient will pass in a manner that allows for donation and placement into our Program. Donation is conditional upon current medical suitability as defined by Science Care and the ability to place the donation with current medical research and education projects at the time of passing. This honors the intent of the donation and safely serves the needs of the medical community — for more information, please see our FAQ regarding exclusions for donation. All donors who register their intent with our program are encouraged to establish an alternate plan, and to discuss with their loved ones their wishes if donation is ultimately not possible at the time of passing.
  • Science Care reserves the right to change the terms of or discontinue the HOPE® Program at any time and without prior notice.
  • Science Care reserves the right to decline donation at the time of passing due to unforeseen circumstances that are outside of our immediate control.  An extraordinary event or circumstance beyond our control such as a pandemic, regulation change, war, act of god, etc. may prevent us from being able to honor the donation. Therefore, we would refer the donor’s family to another program or crematory in their area that may be able to assist.
  • The HOPE® Program will be conducted under the terms established by Science Care standard policies and procedures, and in accordance with all applicable state, federal and local laws.

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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.
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