Tissue Donation: You Can Control What Happens To Your Tissues

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If you know someone who's benefited from organ donation, you know it's a priceless gift of life.

But you may not know as much about tissue donation, that it has helped fuel a billion-dollar-plus industry.

While there's a lot of good that can come tissue donation, we discovered that there are ways for you to set limits on what happens to your tissues.

To understand the potential for tissue donation, you need to walk in Kim Engelhardt's shoes -- or, more specifically, run in them.

"In December 2000, I was diagnosed with periosteal osteosarcoma, which is a type of bone cancer," she recalled.

It was a tumor in her left thigh bone.

"Being a nurse I had seen so many situations where people did have to have amputations, so that's just what I thought was going to happen to me as well." Continue Reading