Lifesource's director of public affairs, Susan Mau Larson, said she likes Facebook's new organ donor status because it can help raise awareness and save lives.
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Starting May 1 if you are an organ donor you can add that information to your Facebook timeline. You can also share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor.
Not already an organ donor? Facebook has added a link to the official state and national donor registry as well.
"We never could have anticipated that what started as a small network would evolve into such a powerful tool for communication and problem solving," Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement. "As this happens, we hope to build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems."
The Facebook executives added:
"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."
Facebook users will need to have timeline to sign up. Select the "life event" section and click on "health and wellness" to choose the new option, labeled "organ donor."