15 Facts About Alcor Life Extension Foundation


Alcor Life Extension Foundation, most often referred to as Alcor, is an American nonprofit, federally tax-exempt, 501 organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation advertised in direct mailings and offered seminars in order to attract members and bring attention to the cryonics movement.

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At that time, Alcor Life Extension Foundation's office consisted of a mobile surgical unit in a large van.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation counted only 50 members in 1985, which was the year it cryopreserved its third patient.

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However, during this time researchers associated with Alcor Life Extension Foundation contributed some of the most important techniques related to cryopreservation, eventually leading to today's method of vitrification.

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In 1986, a group of Alcor Life Extension Foundation members formed Symbex, a small investment company which funded a building in Riverside, California, for lease by Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation moved from Fullerton, California, to the new building in Riverside in 1987; Timothy Leary appeared at the grand opening.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation cryopreserved a member's companion animal in 1986, and two people in 1987.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation has a network of paramedics nationwide and seven surgeons, located in different regions, who are on call 24 hours a day.

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In 1997, after a substantial effort led by then-president Steve Bridge, Alcor Life Extension Foundation formed the Patient Care Trust as an entirely separate entity to manage and protect the funding for storage, including owning the building.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation contended that the drug was administered after her death.

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation sued the county for false arrest and illegal seizure and won both suits.

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In 2002, Alcor Life Extension Foundation drew considerable attention when baseball star Ted Williams was placed in cryonic suspension; although Alcor Life Extension Foundation maintains privacy of its patients if they wish and did not disclose that Williams was at the Scottsdale facility, the situation came to light in court documents that grew out of an extended family dispute over Williams' wishes for his remains.

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When she was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer in December 2009, she contacted Alcor Life Extension Foundation to let them know and they told her to move to Alcor Life Extension Foundation's headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, due to the "lengthy list of after-death protocols that the company requires to prep the body for freezing, including administering a cocktail of medications".

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Alcor Life Extension Foundation sued them when they found out about Richardson's death to have the body exhumed so his head could be preserved.

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