Whole body donation gains momentum as an end-of-life option for


PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#BodyDonation--According to the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.7 million people in the

United States die each year. That’s almost three million families

planning memorial services annually.

For many, this means a decision between traditional burial and

cremation. However, a third end-of-life option is gaining popularity in

the United States--whole body donation. Science Care, the nation’s

leader in whole body donation, recently announced the number of

individuals who pre-registered to donate their bodies to science

following their passing, increased by almost 54 percent in 2018. The

company experienced the highest increase in registrants in Texas,

followed by Illinois, Arizona and California.

“People are beginning to recognize whole body donation as a viable

option when they consider their end-of-life decisions, especially when

realizing burial and cremation services can cost upwards to $7,000,”

said Katrina Hernandez, vice president of Donor Services at Science

Care. “While we are seeing more and more people register to donate their

bodies, confusion surrounding whole body donation remains. At Science

Care, we are committed to addressing these misconceptions and educating

both our registered and prospective donors about how their donation

advances medical and personal health research.”

Many reputable whole body donation organizations offer the service to

individuals at no cost, saving surviving family members thousands.

Instead, when choosing to donate their bodies, individuals pledge to

make a contribution that benefits countless others as their final act.

Through whole body donation, individuals impact

medical research and education programs that improve how conditions

like heart disease, spinal injuries, breast cancer, and reproductive

issues, among others, are treated. The development of cosmetics, joint

replacements, cochlear implants, and more, are also profoundly impacted

“We understand registrants choose to donate their bodies for many

reasons, and we are committed to honoring that,” continued Hernandez.

“Our organization partners with the top research facilities, medical

device companies, and more to ensure each donor is able to impact as

many projects and programs as possible to improve countless lives. Since

2000, our donors have contributed to hundreds of thousands of medical

research and training projects.”

For more information about Science Care or how you can help open a

pathway to greater medical knowledge and discovery, save lives, and

improve quality of life for future generations visit, www.sciencecare.com.

Registrants to Science Care can also register to donate

their organs to living persons in need, thereby compounding their

legacies. To register to donate your body through Science Care, visit https://info.sciencecare.com/donor-registration-form-new-6.

About Science Care

Science Care is the world’s largest whole body donation program, and

since its inception in 2000 it has enabled tens of thousands of families

to donate their loved one’s remains to medical research and discovery.

We work with the world’s top universities, government agencies,

corporate and private medical institutions to advance physician

training, contribute to critical medical research, and help in the

development of leading-edge prescription drug therapies and medical

device breakthroughs. Our programs have helped improve every aspect of

human health, and we have supported the development of radical

technologies, therapies, and discoveries. We embrace the responsibility

placed upon us by families and the medical community and maintain the

industry’s highest ethical standards in all that we do.

For more information about Science Care or how you can help open a

pathway to greater medical knowledge and discovery, save lives, and

improve quality of life for future generations visit www.sciencecare.com.



Katrina Hernandez

Vice President of Donor