Unique Partnership Benefits Diabetes Research, Education and Advocacy

Houston, TX - May 13, 2013

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in North America. A new partnership may help change the future of diabetes.

The Dignity Memorial® network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is partnering with Alternative Solutions USA, a non-profit medical implant recycling program, to donate the proceeds from recycling metals retrieved after the cremation process to the American Diabetes Association.

In partnership with Alternative Solutions USA, Dignity Memorial providers will collect all metals – including but not limited to orthopedic implants, dental prosthetics and casket hardware – recovered after the cremation process regardless of type, shape, size or condition. Alternative Solutions USA will arrange for transfer of those metals to a recycling facility. The proceeds from the recycling will be donated on behalf of the Dignity Memorial network to the American Diabetes Association.

This new partnership will build on the Dignity Memorial network’s history of serving as a proud supporter of the American Diabetes Association, participating each year as Team Dignity in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® and Tour de Cure® cycling event.

“More than 30 million people in North America have diabetes, which means nearly one in four Dignity Memorial associates and client family members are personally impacted by this disease,” said Phil Jacobs, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Dignity Memorial network. “This partnership is another way we can help to stop this deadly disease.”

The Dignity Memorial Network

The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, visit www.DignityMemorial.com.

Alternative Solutions USA

Established in 2010 as the United States’ first and only 501(c)(3) non-profit of its kind, Alternative Solutions USA works to provide North America’s funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries an ethical, legal, environmental and humane solution for recycling medical implants, dental prosthetics and other metals recovered after the cremation process. For more information, visit www.AlternativeSolutionsUSA.com.

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, their mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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