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Publish Date: 09/22/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Dedication Service Held To Honor Body Donation Families

Cincinnati--Those who donated their bodies to insure the excellence of medical education and the advancement of medical science at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine and their families will be honored during a memorial service held on Tuesday, September 29, at 11:00 a.m. The memorial will be held in the Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery, 4521 Spring Grove Avenue.

Services will be conducted by representatives of the UC College of Medicine, and the Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant faiths. The cremains are buried in a plot at Spring Grove which is identified by a monument with the inscription, "Through Their Thoughtfulness Knowledge Grows." According to Richard L. Drake, PhD, director of UC's Body Donation Program, "The thoughtfulness of donors gives students an important educational experience that is critical in their training, while it provides physicians and research scientists the opportunity to gain knowledge which may prolong or improve someone's life."

Enrollment in the program is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Upon enrollment, a donor card is provided and should be carried by the donor at all times.

The memorial service is conducted each year to publicly thank the families and friends of individuals that donated their body to science through the UC program. Friends and family of the donors are invited to the memorial service and may join the procession to the monument site after the service. Two books bearing the names of all donors will be on display for viewing as well.

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