This morning Facebook announced a plan that will encourage users to start publically posting their organ donor status on their pages. Inspired by the recent natural disasters such as Japan’s tsunami and the fatal floods and tornadoes in the Midwest, the new feature hopes to create peer pressure to nudge more people to add their names to the rolls of registered organ donors.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services there are currently 114,183 people waiting for an organ and 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ, but one organ donor can save up to eight lives.
At Spectrum we have seen the value of social networking and digital communications with our clients, from connecting families struggling with infertility to finding children living worldwide with rare diseases. We believe this is a significant milestone for Facebook that will transform the way we solve health issues worldwide.
As an organ donor and Facebook user, I decided to check out the new feature for myself. Under the life event tab, there is a new tab for Health & Wellness which includes the Organ Donor Link. 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.
Will you be adding organ donor to your timeline?
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