Each year, students join together to organize a memorial service that recognizes these donors' generous gifts and humanizes them in a way that can’t be done in a laboratory. The gesture is a meaningful one to the families who remain behind as it allows them to better understand the impact their loved one has on health sciences students. Several hundred attendees gather at Ohio State’s Mershon Auditorium for a night that includes faculty and student testimonials as well as a gift to donors' family members.
For all of the tears, embraces and solemnity of the service, the day's prevailing message is one of reverence and gratitude for the enormity of the donors' generous gift. The Memorial Service honoring donors who passed away from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 was held August 25, 2019 at Mershon Auditorium.