Sharing is the lifeblood of Facebook, but now the social media behemoth has decided to make that statement far more literal with its efforts to encourage organ donoration and spread awareness.
Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are 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. And we believe that by simply telling people that you’re an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role.
Starting today, you can 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.
What only takes a minute today could offer others a lifetime they would have otherwise missed, and isn’t that the ultimate gesture of friendship?
Full story at Facebook Newsroom.
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