Facebook announced yesterday that they are going to use the power of their expansive social network to help out in the social struggle for organ donors. Approximately 18 people a day (7,000 each year) in the United States die waiting for an organ transplant. In the US, there are over 161 million members on Facebook. These members took it upon themselves to use Facebook for the greater good, helping to find lost items in the Joplin, MO tornados and to locate loved ones in the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Now you have the ability add your donor status, right where you already list basic details like your birthday or hometown along with when you made this decision and why. The goal is to encourage others within your social network to register themselves as donors through their local online registry like Donate Life America or DMV. Zuckerberg credits his girlfriend, who is in medical school to be a pediatrician, along with the recent loss of friend Steve Jobs who received a liver transplant back in 2009.
According to Donate Life America, over 100,000 people designated themselves as donors on Facebook yesterday alone. Want to learn more? Watch yesterday’s ABC News interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg here.
For those of you in the medical field wearing your MSM medical uniforms!, what do you think of Facebook’s efforts?