Living Legacy starts as part of Master Plan focus on greening campus

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine‘s (TCOM) Class of 2012 will hold a special ceremony Friday, April 24, at noon initiating the annual TCOM Legacy Project commemorating those who have donated their bodies to the school’s Willed Body Program. The ceremony will feature guest speakers, a tree planting in memory of those who have donated and a reception. Families of those who have donated their bodies to the Health Science Center are invited to attend.

The TCOM Legacy Project is the culminating event in the kick-off for the UNT Health Science Center’s Living Legacy program, which provides a way to remember a lost loved-one, commemorate a special event like a birth or marriage, or mark any occasion by planting a tree or sponsoring a flower bed on campus.

Facilities Management, sponsor of the program, has planned an Earth Day celebration for tree and flower bed plantings on April 22. Fees must be paid by April 20 to participate.

Trees and flower beds will be available for purchase year round, though. Fees and types of trees available are listed on the Living Legacy Web site.

All proceeds will be used for the Living Legacy program, and any profits made from tree sales and bed adoptions will be used to offset costs incurred by the Health Science Center for the trees. Facilities will provide $100 toward the cost of any 95-gallon tree purchased through Living Legacy

Living Legacy plantings will be marked with an 8.5-by-11-inch oak plaque bearing the name of the person honored. After a year, the plaque will be removed and given to the purchaser.

Living Legacy trees and beds will be planted in designated areas on campus, so Health Science Center visitors know where to find the live memorials. The trees and beds are part of the planned greening of the Health Science Center campus, as designated in the Master Plan.

Visit the Living Legacy Web site for more information about the program, or e-mail questions to LivingLegacy@hsc.unt.edu.

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