Facebook Announces Organ Donation Registry Tool To Save Lives

Facebook Announces Organ Donation Registry Tool To Save Lives



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MENLO PARK, Calif., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Facebook announced last week an organ donation tool to save lives. Here’s the post from Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg:

Organ Donation: Friends Saving Lives

Facebook is about connecting and sharing – connecting with your friends, family and communities, and sharing information with them about your life, work, school and interests. On any given day more than half a billion people share billions of stories, updates and photos.

What has amazed us over the past eight years is how people use these same tools and social dynamics to address important issues and challenges in their communities. Last year in Missouri, Facebook users tracked down and returned treasured mementos to families who thought they’d lost everything in the Joplin tornado. In Japan, people used Facebook to locate family and friends following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Smaller acts of kindness happen millions of times a day on Facebook.

We never could have anticipated that what started as a small network would evolve into such a powerful tool for communication and problem solving. As this happens, we hope to build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems.

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.

Here’s how it works: http://newsroom.fb.com/News/Organ-Donation-Friends-Saving-Lives-15f.aspx

Facebook’s mission is simple: to make the world more open and connected. But the Facebook community has also shown us that simply through sharing and connecting, the world gets smaller and better. Even one individual can have an outsized impact on the challenges facing another, and on the world. At Facebook, we call that the power of friends.

To learn more, visit the Facebook Help Center.

By Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg

The Presidents of the “Congressional Tri-Caucus” – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Congresswoman Judy Chu, and Congressman Charles Gonzalez – issued the following statement of support:

“Aproximadamente el 50,5% de las 114.000 personas que esperan un trasplante de órganos en EE.UU. pertenecen a una minoría. A causa de la falta de donantes, 18 personas mueren cada día, si bien un solo donante puede salvar 8 vidas. La iniciativa Facebook Organ Donor puede tener un gran impacto en diversas comunidades gracias al poder para compartir de la biografía de Facebook. Queremos animar a todas las comunidades a participar en esta iniciativa y elogiar a Facebook por su liderazgo en este asunto tan importante”.

Contact:

Susan Gonzales

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sgonzales@fb.com

+1 (650) 492-9740

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Facebook Announces Organ Donation Registry Tool To Save Lives