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A Time to Remember - Memorial Day

This Memorial Day (May 25), many of us will be celebrating with a backyard family barbeque or packing up the kids and the car for a long weekend getaway. On this day of sharing time with family and friends, we remind you to honor our country’s service men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.




Did you know?

1 out of every 3 Science Care Donors is a Veteran, continuing their life of service to others through the gift of donation. That's amazing!


FACT: Memorial Day used to be called “Decoration Day”
  • The holiday originated following the American Civil War commemorating the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.
  • Often people will decorate the final resting sites of veteran loved ones with small flags and flower wreaths.
  • Memorial Day has been celebrated since the late 1800's, however it wasn't declared a legal holiday until 1967.
  • In December 2000, a law was passed by Congress requiring Americans to pause at 3pm on Memorial Day to honor and remember the fallen. 
  • According to AAA, more than 35 million people will venture at least 50 miles away from home on Memorial Day. Be safe out there!


Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day

As most of us know, each Memorial Day, the President of the United States traditionally visits Arlington National Cemetery to deliver a speech recognizing those who have died in service of their country and to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands atop a hill overlooking Washington DC. It serves as a remembrance to all those who have died in service without having been identified.

Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1864. The first 4 military burials took place one month prior to official establishment as a national cemetery. The first soldiers to be buried included:

  • Pvt. William Henry Christman, 67th PA Infantry, first military service man interred in Arlington.
  • Pvt. William H. McKinney, 17th PA Cavalry, first to have family present at funeral.
  • Pvt. William Reeves, 76th NY Infantry, first draftee interred.
  • Pvt. William Blatt, 49th PA Infantry, first battle casualty interred.


In Health News

Keeping an EYE on your Vision

May is healthy vision month and the chance to get the word out about eye health and diseases which can lead to blindness including Macualar Degeneration.

What is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among people 65 years and older. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is estimated that approximately 1.8 million Americans 40 years and older suffer from age-related macular degeneration with another 7.3 million who are at risk. 


Age-related macular degeneration affects the macula, which is the central part of the retina that allows us to see fine details. The result is blurry vision. There are two types of AMD, wet and dry. Wet AMD is typically caused by abnormal blood vessels leaking fluid or blood into the macula region of the eye. This can lead to rapid vision loss in the affected eye. Dry AMD is more common and progresses more slowly. Dry AMD is caused by the macula thinning over time as we age, usually causing blurriness in both eyes.

There is no cure for AMD, however there are treatments and therapies that might slow down or limit further vision loss. One such procedure developed in 2013 implants tiny telescopes into the eyes to help restore some sight to those with advanced AMD. The procedure (Johns Hopkins Medicine) is gaining ground across the country. The telescopic implant remains in the eye permanently. Also, recent studies involving the use of stem cells show promise. Research scientists have isolated stem cells that can be turned into functional retinal cells. The Macula Vision Research Foundation gives a good overview of this research.

One way to test for signs of AMD is by viewing a chart of black lines arranged in a graph pattern called the Amsler grid (which we found on the All About Vision website).

You can try it out here. Just click on the grid to get more information.



Be sure to check with your eye doctor if you are experiencing any
vision problems or recent changes to your vision. 


Did You Know?

Science Care Donors have helped aid researchers with the development of therapies for ocular diseases such as macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) and glaucoma.

See other ways Science Care donors have recently contributed to the advancement of medical research.


We'd Love to Talk to You!

If you  or anyone you know would like to share a personal story about a life-saving or life-improving medical procedure they were a part of, please contact us at Your real life stories help to illustrate the value of body donation to others! 


Mortui Vivos Docent (Latin) – The Dead Shall Teach the Living


A rite of passage for all medical students, Corinn Gayer remembers her first day of anatomy lab. “I was finally ready to truly learn about the human body, so I was excited”, she says. In that anatomy lab, Corinn experienced a defining moment in her medical career as she met her very first patient- a recently deceased individual who had graciously donated her body to science. Corinn, now a third year medical student at Kansas City University studying Family Medicine, credits the donor for helping to supply the knowledge that she uses on a daily basis. READ MORE


Notes From Readers - What's Your Motivation?

"My personal belief is that I am here, in part, to serve and help others any way I can, whether I am alive or not." - Patrick from Colorado

"I am choosing to join the registry because I would like to help the advancement of medicine and allow others to learn from me even after I have departed this world. I also want my family and children to have peace of mind that there will be no burden upon them when it comes to my final disposition." - Rhonda from California

Know Someone That Wants to Join the Movement?

Pre-registration is open for residents of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania & Texas!



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Hey Colorado Residents!

Be sure to catch Melinda Ellsworth, our V.P. of Donor Services on channel 2 Denver (Colorado’s Best TV) on May 21 between 9-10am. She’ll be talking about the benefits of body donation registration and our support of the Borden Memorial Forest Program with Colorado University and the Forest Service. 


Top 26 Resources for Family Caregivers

Families give 80% of the long-term care in this country to loved ones, and their need for information is growing. Unfortunately, family members do not receive training, and the care they give is learned by trial and error. We have compiled the top 26 resources here


How Does Your Garden Grow?

Did you know that you can use leftover tea and coffee grounds to help grow acid-loving plants like azaleas and gardenias? Or that you can control aphids with a strong blast of water from the hose? Check out this post from HGTV to get more great lawn and garden tips just in time for summer!


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