We collected a donation of $10,000 to redesign our stabilization kits and a $25,000 directed donation for Mike Perry to conduct a preliminary investigation into chemopreservation for cryonics purposes.
We also received an unrestricted donation of $50,000 from a member who wishes to support Alcor’s operations. It is unusual for us to receive unrestricted donations in this amount, and we appreciate this member’s support.
The names of the all donors are confidential.
On December 31, 2007, Alcor had 838 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Six memberships were approved during this month, one membership was reinstated, one membership was cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of six members.
At the end of this month Alcor had 54 applicants for membership.
22 new applicants were added, seven applicants were converted to members and no applicants were cancelled, resulting in a net gain of 15 applicants for this month.
159 info packs were mailed this month and 13 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 129 info packs sent per month in 2007 is compared to 164 in 2006.
One of our members, A-1864, was involved in a homicide on January 1, 2008. He was the victim, and we spent several days involved in difficult negotiations for his release from the Medical Examiner’s office. Because of the circumstances of death, a complete autopsy was required. We did negotiate for early release of his brain. The patient’s body was delivered after the Medical Examiner completed the necessary investigation.