For the Family

Words Cannot Express Our Gratitude

For all of the families who have donated loved ones over the years or who have pre-registered to donate we say THANK YOU!

Because of your willingness to give we have produced very valuable research and have been able to contribute significant information to the medical and science community and to law enforcement agencies to aid in solving crimes.

AARC Memorial Service

Each year, in the month of May, AARC holds a memorial service to honor and remember those who have graciously donated their body or their loved one's body to our center. Family members, friends, and the University community are invited to attend the service at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. During the ceremony, family members light a candle in remembrance of their loved one. Family members are invited to bring a picture of their deceased loved one to place by the candle. Immediately following the memorial service is a reception to reminisce and celebrate life.

Medallion of Remembrance

When a body is donated to the Applied Anatomical Research Center, an engraved medallion is sent to the family as a token of thanks and remembrance.

Donor Stories

In 2012, Robin Steffens of Huntsville decided to donate his body to AARC after discovering he had terminal liver cancer. He wanted to share his story in hopes that others would consider a gift to advance education in medical and or forensic science. Here is Robin’s story, which appeared on KTRK-TV. If you have donated a loved one and would like to share a memory or story about your loved one or about the program, please e-mail us at