Giving Thanks

It’s that time of year once again when we all sit around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by friends and family, giving thanks for all our blessings. One thing we here at Science Care are thankful for is how far the practices and advancements in medicine have come since the Victorian Era. In the overall grand scheme of things, the 19th century wasn’t that long ago, but from a medical perspective, it might as well have been the dark ages. In the Victorian era (pre-modern medicine), often the treatments did more to kill patients than the disease itself. Medical education was limited and although the medical field was beginning to get a better understanding of cells and viruses, most often doctors had no idea what caused many of the diseases and inflictions of the time.

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A Letter to Science Care…

Every so often, we recieve a note from a Science Care registered donor which truly exemplifies everything we strive to do…

“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.

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Donate Your Used Cell Phones to Benefit Soldiers!

Did you know that Science Care participates in the Cell Phones For Soldiers Program? Just stop by any Science Care facility and drop off your old cell phone!

Cell Phones for Soldiers is a national non-profit serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest!

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Making The Decision To Donate Your Body

Before making the decision to donate your body to science, there a few things you should research first. Here’s a quick list to go over if you find the idea of body donation appealing.

Decide who you want to be the recipient of your body:

Before donating, do some research on the various institutions that accept body donations. For peace of mind, make sure the agency is accredited; the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) ensures that your remains will be handled with respect and in accordance with medical standards. Also, since you are donating make sure the organization you have chosen does not ask you to pay for expenses. For many people, donation is not only attractive because their body will be doing something progressive after they die, but it also cuts out the cost of burial or cremation. Find a place that provides transportation of your body and cremation costs with no charge to your family.

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