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Body donors honoured at service

A graveside service at Queen’s Park Cemetery Thursday recognized those who gave their bodies to science.

A graveside service at Queen’s Park Cemetery Thursday recognized those who gave their bodies to science.

Every two years the University of Calgary’s faculty of medicine honours the donation made for the learning of others through the Body Donation Program. This year, they remembered 71 people at the graveside service.

“The Body Donation Program allows students to familiarize themselves with the anatomical relationships found in the human body that are essential for understanding the progression and treatment of disease,” said the program’s director, Dr. John Bertram.

For Alison Wadsworth, whose father Doug Farrell was donated to the program after dying at 68 years old due to chronic health conditions, said it was an opportunity to give back.

“Donating his body was a gift that will contribute to the advancement of medical research and help others,” she said.

The Body Donation Program supports three specific areas: Continuing education for physicians and surgeons, research done at the faculty of medicine, and training of medical students.

 
 
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