In keeping with Facebook’s main mission to share information and connect people across the globe, on May 1, 2012, Mark Zuckerberg announced a new Facebook tool that enables users to now share that they are an organ donor.
According to a statement released by Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, there are more than 114,000 people in the United States today, and millions more around the globe, waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives. Many of those people – an average of 18 people per day – will die waiting, because there simply aren’t enough organ donors to meet the need. Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. Facebook believes that by simply telling people that you’re an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role.
Zuckerberg’s new tool allows you to add that you’re an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor. If you’re not already registered with your state or national registry and want to be, you’ll find a link to the official donor registry there as well.
If you are interested in sharing that you are an organ donor on your Facebook timeline, watch the video below to learn how:
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