At last, Facebook is leveraging their massive influence on the population for a good cause. Facebook is trying to boost organ donation by including a new status: organ donor. In addition, they are pushing the initiative, to encourage people to sign up to be organ donors. And it’s working, thanks in part to a Facebook organ donor registration app put up by their partner in the initiative, Donate Life America.
Unfortunately, you can only update your status if you have caved to the new “Timeline” feature (which many of us have not – but that’s ok for us, as we have been organ donors for decades). But you can register as a donor with the Donate Life America app (link below) even if you are not using the new Timeline on Facebook.
According to reports, since Zuckerberg announced the initiative this week, several thousand people have registerd as organ donors across the United States, representing more than 10x the average number of people who sign up to be organ donors.
David Fleming, CEO of Donate Life America, said that number of donors since Facebook announced the program “dwarfs any past organ donation initiative.”
In fact, by the end of the first day (Tuesday of this week), over 100,000 people had shared their organ donor status on their Timelines.
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To facilitate this, Donate Life America, who has partnered with Facebook in this effort, has created an app on their Facebook page that allows you to register in any state.
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According to Donate Life America, more than 100,000 people are currently waiting for donor organs.
Explains Bryan Stewart with OneLegacy, a transplant organization in California, “We’re just thankful we have this opportunity to bring more people into the process.”
While we can’t (won’t) include “organ donor” in our status on our Internet Patrol Facebook page (first because you can’t have an individual status for a business entity, and because the individuals behind The Internet Patrol won’t capitulate to the Facebook Timeline, the layout of which we detest), we at The Internet Patrol are organ donors, and encourage our readers to sign up as organ donors as well.
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