FAQ: Can I Choose Which Research Study I Want My Donation to Benefit?

FAQ: Can I Choose Which Research Study I Want My Donation to Benefit?

From the study of diseases to developing less invasive surgical techniques, medical researchers rely on whole body donation to push medicine forward. The resulting advances lead to improved medical care and lowered surgical costs.  Here are some examples of how whole-body donation has helped advance medical science:

  • Anatomy labs for medical universities
  • The development of implanted medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators
  • The development of surgical robotic equipment
  • Training physicians and surgeons on new, more effective surgical and medical procedures
  • Developing better medication delivery systems
  • Research of specific diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, etc.

Unfortunately, MedCure is not able to guarantee that a donor will be placed with a specific research program or educational institution. We work with a large network of medical researchers and educators, each of which has varying needs at different points in time. Because of this, and our goal to try to ensure that every donor’s gift be utilized in a timely manner, placement relies heavily on what our medical community needs at the time of a donor’s passing. However, we do take a donor’s medical history into consideration when determining placement.

The Honor Fund Option for Direct Donation

We recognize how important it is to our donors and their families to advance the current research into the disease and conditions that affect them directly. For this reason, we have partnered with an organization called Consano that allows individuals to direct monetary contributions to the researcher or research area of their choice. This crowdfunding platform combines small donations into significant sources of funding for medical research projects in need of support. It also allows individuals to establish “Honor Funds” in the name or memory of their loved ones and to direct the money they collect to their choice of researcher or area of investigation. Best of all, if you don’t know who is currently researching the condition you wish to fund, Consano will perform a search on your behalf and see that your donation goes toward the issue you care about the most. For more information on how the system works, you can go to the Resources page on our website (https://medcure.org/body-donation-resources/) or visit Consano directly at https://www.consano.org.

Request A Family Letter

At MedCure, we realize that the ever-changing needs of the medical community can frustrate the best intentions of those who want their whole-body donation to have the greatest level of impact on the conditions that have touched their lives. However, we also understand the selfless impulses behind the desire to create a healthier future for others. Even if we are unable to place a donor’s gift with their preferred research program, we want their families to know how their loved one’s gift helped to benefit medical science. For this reason, we also offer the option for our donor families to receive a letter after the donation process has been completed, which will outline the areas of research in which their loved one has been able to participate.