It was my husbands wishes to donate every part of him that could be used to help in any way possible. Making the call was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. They were very compassionate with us and made things as easy as can be during this difficult time.
Kim was a kind, loving mom, wife, sister, aunt and daughter. She had the amazing ability to make you feel like old friends after only just meeting. She could and would stop and talk to anyone, anytime. She left us on St.Patrick’s day of 2016 after a long battle with Crohns disease and more recently heart problems. She was a light of life to everyone, especially her family and nieces and nephews. She was very proud of her son and the man he grew to be. Kim had always planned to donate her organs to help people and body to medical advancement, knowing she could help others who suffer with these diseases. I was honored to be able to see her wishes through. Kim will be missed terribly by her family and friends, but we take some solace in knowing her final act was to help others.
My husband passed away on March 7, 2016. Both of us are organ donors, but because of the infection in his leg and numerous other organ complications, his organs would not be of help to anyone. He had two strokes in 2001 and several others through the years, and he always said that he wanted his body to be donated to science so that maybe they could figure out what went wrong with his brain in the hopes that they could prevent others from what he went through for 15 years. I hope that by donating his body it will help them help someone else. God bless you for the work that you do.
Debra was my younger sister by 14 months and she was part of my life for 66 years. We grew up together, entered adulthood and motherhood together, and stayed close friends until her death two weeks ago. She enjoyed her youth as most of us do, and was so happy to marry and become the mother of two daughters, and subsequently the grandma of four. She worked very hard after her daughters grew up and proudly supported herself until she became disabled from Crohn ‘ s disease sometime in her late forties or early fifties (developing Crohn ‘s at 30 years old). She also fought a brave battle against COPD in her early sixties, and other health issues. Through most of her adult years, she suffered with severe illnesses, but had the strongest will to live, and always had hope that she would live to experience a cure for the diseases that ravaged her. She loved her family so much, and fought hard to remain with them, and be a part of her grandchildren’s lives and memories. She did just that, with her courage and strong will to live, and lived much longer than a lot of people would have. She didn’t want to give up. But two weeks ago, our loving heavenly Father decided she had suffered enough, and called her home to heaven, where she is now whole and pain free. I am so proud of her for donating her body for research with the sincere hope that the research will benefit others in the future. She talked about doing this for years and lovingly followed through at the end. Debra was a wonderful, beautiful, sister and friend, and I will love her and miss her until we meet again. Rest in peace, my precious sister. You deserve it. ♡♡♡
As difficult as it was to see my parents move on, your company provided a service that not only helped me financially, but provided me with the remains of my loved ones…who both wished to be remanded to Mount Susitna in Alaska. Their ashes will be joined with many of their friends on what would of been their 53rd wedding anniversary. God blessed me with 50 wonderful years with them and will reunite me when it is my time. God bless you all for the work that you do..:)
UTN was very sensitive to my feelings and was kind and considerate. It’s good to know that my husband’s legacy lives on through others.
UTN contacted me the night my husband past away, they saw where he was a donor, I was still in a state of shock so I wasn’t in the best of form. They said they would call me back in the morning, which they did asked a lot of question about my husband, told me they would take care of everything. I told UTN that my husband had some health problems, and they said, “they could use his tissue and skin for research.” I’m so glad they were able to use his body. They picked his body up at the hospital and took care of everything . It was a God send, I want to donate my body to UTN one day.
“Brenda, completed her earthly assignment on October 1st,,2015. Our mother was a women who believed her place was in the home attending to the needs of her children and spouse, and she was perfectly content in this role. Born in1942 in New Bedford, MA and was the third of five children. She was very proud of the fact that she was the first child in her family to graduate earn a High School Diploma. Upon her completion of High School, she dedicated her life to being a mother and a wife. This was her purpose in life she thought. She was a woman born into humble beginnings but she quickly learned how rich her life could be. Her simple lifestyle was proof enough that her happiness was not derived from material possessions, but rather from the memories she’d made with those she truly loved. A proud native of New England she was her entire life, however in 1969 she found herself relocated on the exact opposite coast in which she was born. This new place was Sunny Southern California, and she’d soon call this new town of San Diego her home. Brenda spent the greater part of her life there, perfectly content.
Her favorite hobbies were playing bingo, the organ, and the accordion. She could often be found singing to the golden oldies. Brenda proceeds her 3 children, 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren in death.” – Heidi D.
“My husband and I decided years ago that donation of our bodies was the right thing to do. We know that saving lives helps everyone. It may give the receiver the time needed to get right with God.” – Julie L.
“My son was born in 1980 and died June 25, 2015. We never expected this as he had an issue with club feet when he was born and he never complained about his feet not looking “normal”. I know he had wanted to do something great for others as he was a very loving and gentle son. When he passed, we found UTN online and knew that they would be the right organization to give his earthly body to so others might be able to study and learn from his different afflictions. I knew he was already with the Lord and he must have been smiling down at us and the students, doctors, or scientists who may be able to learn from his body. This team that “worked on” his body did so with care and respect. The cremains were delivered to me quicker than expected along with his jewelry he was wearing when he was removed from his room. I feel proud of him wanting to help others and hope others will do the same. I certainly plan on it. Thank you UTN.” – Jeaneen
“John was raised in Norman, Oklahoma, playing baseball in high school and graduating from the University of Oklahoma. He raised his family in Norman. He was an avid OU football fan and loved the Thunder and the Yankees too. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards and telling funny stories of the glory days. John was an excellent golfer and spent his retirement traveling with his wife and playing on golf courses all over the country. John passed away after a brief battle with cancer, leaving his family to feel an enormous loss. John and his wife have always discussed wanting to donate their bodies to science. When John passed, it was the best decision for the family to follow his wishes. This would allow there to be some sort of good to come out of something so terrible.” – Jackie G.
“My mother was a very loving and kind person. Everyone that met her liked her. She wanted to be an organ and tissue donor after she found out that my son had donated his organs and tissues when he passed away. So she said that she wanted to be an organ donor as well because she felt the same as he did. Helping others was what she wanted, so she signed up. She will always be missed by all who loved her and those that had a chance encounter with her.” – Beth D.
“Larry was a very generous person in life. He was a sales person by trade but loved meeting and talking to people in general. He was the person who would stop and give the homeless guy on the street a dollar. He didnt care if they bought a hamburger or a beer he just knew that he was blessed. He had a friend that was homeless and he took him in until he could get back on his feet. Another friend was in California for his mothers funeral and had no way to get back to Oklahoma. Although we were having a hard time financially, at that time he bought him a bus ticket home. Most people can’t say they had the best BUT I can. His cancer was rare and he hoped by donating to UTN he could help someone else in some small way. His last 5 years were very hard because he had become disabled due to heart problems but he got up every day and smiled. I only hope when my time comes I can be as brave as he was. I will also be a donor to UTN.We saw no reason to pay thousands of dollars for a piece of metal and a hole in the ground because you leave your soul and your goodness with the people you loved and left behind. Although he left me to soon I am comforted knowing he was able to possibly help in some small way.” – Karen W.
“The reason my brother and I consented to the donation/cremation was because my mom had already chosen to be an organ donor on her driver’s license. When reviewing options, it made sense to consent to tissue/organ donation as well because she previously consented to be an organ donor.” – Donor Family
“My aunt was dedicated to keeping herself healthy throughout all her years. Her final wish was to donate her body to scientific research so that others could learn and benefit from her lifestyle. She was the sweetest lady and she will be missed.” -Brenda M.
“My mom was a kind, loving and compassionate person to all people (and animals) who had the pleasure of meeting her. Her generosity knew no bounds. Mom suffered from many medical conditions the five years preceding her passing. This made her life incredibly difficult yet no matter what, she still always put others before herself. As an organ donor as well as being able to donate her body to science to help others was what she always wanted. Even in death, she helped others. She was an incredible person and will be loved and missed greatly by all.” -Heather B.
“My wife was a rock solid Christian and was a giver all of her life. In the last months of the disease (mylodisplastic syndrome MDS) she stated that she wanted to continue to give by giving her body to science so that they may possibly find something to help others. She was very active in the ministry in designing web site for christian ministries at little or no charge to them and she is sorely missed in this field. Also as a part our ministry she dressed in Biblical robes and read scripture as I did the potters story with a potters wheel and clay. We traveled all over the U.S. and Mexico winning souls for Christ. She also ministered with hand building with clay. She was an ordained minister with Full Gospel Churches International and loved and admired by all who knew her, she will be missed by all who met her.”-Terry V.
“It’s an honor to tell you my father’s story. He decided to donate his body years before he passed. He had lung cancer that had spread to the liver and beyond. When we found out he lived for 26 days. He had waited to tell me how sick he was for along time. I will just be honest and tell you one of the main reasons he decided to donate is because he just didn’t like or understand the whole funeral thing. He joked that he didn’t want to be the only one there. He was a hard man with a great sense of humor! I miss him everyday. I didn’t realize he was my best friend until I was no longer able to call him with a problem. I also believe that he had his own private reasons for donation. I think he thought it would do good for others and make his life have more meaning. I know too that it was a gift for me. He did not want to cry around and be sad. My son and I just had another conversation about it last night, confirming to each other that we want to do the same. We believe the spirit leaves the body upon death. It makes perfect sense to us to leave a gift for not only science but to each other also. There will be no funeral only a celebration of our lives! Thank you so much!” -Stephanie B.
“My mother was an amazing lady. She donated platelets as often as she could for 18 years. She fostered many sick and injured cats and dogs for the Humane Society. She donated monthly to many worthwhile charities. She and I had spoken often about her end of life plans, she wanted to donate her organs to help as many as possible. Unfortunately, at the end, the cancer had spread through her body. I know she and I hope that some cure can be found by her final donation. In loving memory forever.” -Ericka S.
“Our beloved mother, including her late husband (our step-father), had both decided to contribute their bodies to science. Both had plots available and paid for, prior to them finding out about how much more they could serve and assist science, as well as the medical world in finding medical solutions and/or cures. Our mom, as a Christian, knew that the body is only a vessel that God gave us while on this earth. And the donation of her body to help and assist others, is only the final part of the giving that she did thru-out her life. We love you mom!” -Monica / CJ / Darin / Troit
“My husband, passed away due to complications from multiple sclerosis in July. He had suffered with this disease for over 30 years. The last 2 1/2 years were spent in a nursing home because his mobility was severely limited. We discussed cremation and other options but he wanted his life to count for something so it was his decision to donate his body for research and training. He said that he hoped his brain would be examined and that a possible step closer to a cure would result. He fought the good fight and at the end we were treated with great respect and empathy. Thank you for this service.” -Jennie
“My mother was a very caring woman full of energy and had love and an open hand to lend to anyone, even strangers. God was her first love, then her family and all the ministry work she did. Even when she was sick she was out there helping others, she never complained once about being sick or hurting.” –Tiffany G.
“My mom was a fun loving, caring and giving woman. She embroidered blankets for The Linus Group, which gives blankets to babies and children in need and also gives to the Indian reservations. That was my mom’s passion. She loved to play games like Scrabble, Yahtzee, Dominoes, Rummy and Monopoly. She loved to go to auctions and thrift stores. Mom had been through hell and back. She was a survivor of breast cancer. She had it in 1991 and had a mastectomy with no chemo or radiation, was cancer free. She had two open heart surgeries and lots of other surgeries. The worst was when my family was in a car wreck on my mom and dad’s wedding anniversary in September. My sister was alive at the scene but after they took the steering wheel off she died, my nephew was ok just had bruises, mom was in terrible shape. She was in the hospital and nursing home all together for about 5 months. She was told she would never walk again, but mom, the tough lady she was, did walk. That was over 9 years ago. She wanted to donate her whole body because she wanted to help people even in death. She thought maybe they could find a cure for some disease or just help people with her body and maybe they could learn new things. My mom’s death was a shock. She went in for an angiogram and went into respiratory failure. They put her on a ventilator and she was coherent and we thought she would come out of the hospital soon. She was also on dialysis too. So the combination of taking her off the ventilator and dialysis she ended up throwing a blood clot which perforated her bowl and she went into septic shock and her organs shut down, there was no hope. She had an awesome, caring doctor, he was so spiritual and mom died with dignity in February. Thank you for letting me share my mom with you.” –Rachelle M.
“My brother had a bad car wreck when he was 17; wasn’t expected to live. Even though he survived the wreck it just seemed like he was always sick or stricken with something for the remaining 47 years of his life. I saw him suffer a majority of his life. He was hospitalized so many times I lost count. Then in the last couple of years he was diagnosed with MS in which he could hardly speak and was bed ridden. I know he was miserable and suffering so if this research can help anyone not go through what I saw him go through I know he would want that. He is at peace now and no long suffering.” –Terri M.
“She was our beloved mother, our provider, our teacher. Occasionally she was our most fearsome foe but always our most loyal friend. Her beginnings were meager, a child of Depression-era West Texas hardscrabble and no stranger to financial hardship, harder work, firm Christian beliefs and simple joys sung to the tune of huge laughter. One of her favorite sayings among a million was “Waste not, want not.” Therefore we were not surprised that she made her final earthly decision one that adhered to this same motto. As she approached the end of her days she would sometimes remark that it did not make sense to be buried in the clay if there was any possibility that some physical portion of who she had become could be used toward the advancement of science and the business of improving and saving lives. There are so many things that we could say about our mother, all of them good and true. On her behalf, we are glad to be able to thank you for giving mama, who we will love and miss forever, the opportunity to leave just as she had lived – by wasting not.” –Sherry L.
“My mother was an amazing woman. She cared about people throughout her life. She always put others before herself. Mom suffered from multiple medical conditions which resulted in a hard life for her over the last several years. Whether it was dealing with diabetes or Alzheimer’s we had talked about the desire for more medical research done to help. Being able to donate her body to medical research allowed mom to help others even in her own death. It was her one last way of putting others before herself. Watching her go through her ups and downs was the hardest thing our family has ever done. Knowing that with her donation hopefully soon other families will not have to go through what we did makes the process somewhat easier.” -Mitzi G.
“Our father, was a loving, intelligent, and religious person who shared his wisdom and laughter with everyone who knew him. He had very sharp and accurate memory even at age of 88. He was very interested in health sciences and use of human body for other needy people upon death. His belief was that anything that he had which could be used to save others, was worth the time and effort. It is his wish that we carried out and we are grateful to UTN for this opportunity.” -Mahendra and Sandhya S.
“My husband loved the Lord, his family and his country, which he served and defended for 30 years while in the submarine service. He was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer in November. Never once throughout his battle with this disease did he question God’s plan or will for his life. He fought the fight with determination and grace. Even as the disease took away his strength, his ability to eat, and other bodily functions, he strived to maintain as normal a life as possible. When the time came for him to go home to the Lord, he was ready. He was able to tell us, his family, how much we had enriched his life. And we, in turn, were able to tell him how much he meant to us. He went peacefully, in his sleep, surrounded by all of us who loved him, just as he had wished. His life was one of service, and by donating his organs and tissue to science, he hoped that one day a cure would be found, for this disease which at this time is, incurable.” -Carol W.
“My dad decided years ago to be an organ donor. Later he learned that few hospice patients get to be the type of donor most people assume they will be. He learned he could donate other ways and told us that is what he would like to do. He was retired military and in some ways, we know he gave his life for his country. Thank you for providing this service.” -Susan K.
“Daisy embraced her family with open arms and a generous heart. So it is only fitting that having lived to a graceful 95 years old, it was her desire to share generously with medical professionals her body’s legacy. She hoped her body donation would offer the opportunity for scientists to explore and discover explanations to her longevity. Ultimately, allowing others to live life as she did – abundantly.” -Jim J.
“Jean was an amazing woman who loved her family, friends and country. She was a strong and independent woman, yet was always helping others. Donating her body for science came as no surprise to anyone who knew her. It just seemed to be the natural thing for her to do.” -Pamela P.
“For years during our growing into adulthood my brother talked about his physical body and how it held the key to helping others. He studied the book Grey’s Anatomy to understand how the body worked, and tried various healthy living options to see how his body improved when he followed this lifestyle. When he passed suddenly my brothers and I knew this would be a wish of his—to allow others to learn from the donation of his body. We are grateful to UTN for this opportunity.” -Jan L-D.