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September-October Cryonics Magazine

The September-October issue of the Cryonics magazine is now available online. This issue of Cryonics magazine features the complete program, information about the talks and speakers, and registration information.

Also, in the CEO update, Alcor President Max More writes about new research at Alcor aimed at validating “fielding vitrification” for overseas members, a recent last minute case, and ongoing improvements at Alcor.

Symposium on Cryonics and Brain-Threatening Disorders
On Saturday, July 7, 2012, around 30 people attended the first ever symposium on dementia and cryonics in Portland, Oregon. Ben Best, who attended the event and was one of the presenters, provides a detailed account of the symposium about this important but discomforting topic. Also present was Alcor CEO Max More who spoke about the concept of the “extended mind” and its implications for personal survival and neurodegenerative diseases.

 

23-Year Old with Terminal Brain Cancer Hopes to be Cryopreserved

Kim Suozzi, 23, has terminal brain cancer. The cancer is highly aggressive and growing rapidly in a location that makes surgery impossible. Her final wish is to be cryopreserved.

Alcor Life Extension Foundation has offered to cryopreserve Kim at a reduced cost, with the staff donating their time for her cryopreservation.

“I learned about cryonics several years ago, while doing reading for a science class, says Kim. “I had always planned on establishing cryopreservation arrangements through life insurance, but I was caught off guard when I was suddenly diagnosed during my last month and a half of college. The only thing that I can think of that might let me live out my full life and make me feel a little more at ease with my death is to secure cryopreservation plans in the belief that they figure out how to revive people in the future.”

Ms. Suozzi of Columbia, Missouri wants to relocate to Scottsdale – as soon as possible – which will further reduce the $80,000 cost of cryopreservation. However, she lacks the funds. Hundreds of donors have reached out to help Kim, but time is short. Donations of any amount are welcome. Send your tax deductible donation to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, 7895 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, or call 480.905.1906 x114. With help, it is hoped that Kim can someday resume a full life.

Although walking with a leg brace, Ms. Suozzi plans to attend the Alcor 40th Anniversary conference at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort (7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale) from October 19 – 21. She will share her story briefly during the conference and is available for interviews until the morning of Tuesday October 23.

Changes in Dues Discounts

At the 2012 Strategic Meeting, the board agreed to a proposal made by Finance Director Bonnie Magee and supported by Alcor President Max More to alter the various discounts offered for membership dues. The aim is to make changes that are nearly budget-neutral but are fairer than the existing discount structure. Alcor would also like to recognize our long-term members, who have supported Alcor for many years.

From the start of 2013, this means that discounts for older students will be reduced, while members who have been with Alcor for over 20 years will receive a discount. Family member discounts remain unchanged. The revised discounts are as follows:

Full-time students:
25 and under: $310 off annual dues
26 – 30: $155 off annual dues
31 +: no discount

Long term members:
Members over 20 years receive $186 off annual dues

Family members:
Minor family members: $465 off annual dues
Adult family members: $310 off annual dues

All amounts are shown as annual total dollar reductions in membership dues only (not CMS charges). Members may only receive one type of discount. Alcor will automatically select the largest discount. Discounts are not applied to life members. Family members should reside in the same residence to receive discount.