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I'm donating my body to the University of Washington for medical students, or whatever.  When they are done, they will cremate the remains, and then we have a choice of either having the "cremains" sent to the family, or they will be buried at a cemetery maintained by the UoW.   So, that takes the cost down to practically nothing while doing something for the future.

They DO accept bodies with cancer most of the time, but they recommend that you have a backup plan just in case they can't or won't take the body.

Planning for the future...  It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.


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I agree with your approach Jerry. I would like my wife to have the benefit of whatever savings we have left and making a contribution to medical science seems like a great idea. And if new doctors are going to learn medicine using my body, I would rather it be when I am done with it.Laughing

Best Regards,

Paul Adams

McCormick, South Carolina

DX 10/2009 T2N1M0  Stage IIB - Ivor Lewis Surgery  12/3/2009 - Post Surgery Chemotherapy 2/2009 – 6/2009

Cisplatin, Epirubicin, 5 FU - Three Year Survivor 

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Jerry, my dad decided at the last moment to donate his remains to the University of Syracuse for the medical students as well. From our experiences, they were very kind and thoughtful during the process. My dad didn't want a fancy funeral, and he always loved the sciences, so I wasn't surprised at all when he chose this option. It's been 11 months since he passed away, and just recently the university contacted us and said they were sending his ashes to us soon. I think anyone who chooses this route should be applauded. It is very admirable!

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As you said its a dirty job but someone has to plan for it. Have you ever heard discussion if an autopsy helps the medical cancer world ? Obviously your doing a good thing for science over all. I was asked that question, and was not prepared for it.

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