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Facebook Feature Lures Organ Donors

May 2, 2012

An organ donation group says more than 100,000 Americans used a new Facebook feature released on Tuesday to declare they would like to be organ donors, AP reports.

The new option, developed with the group Donate Life America, encourages Facebook users to add “organ donor” along with other personal information on their pages. The program also provides a link to state registries so people can officially sign up to be a donor.

Donate Life America said more than 100,000 users had added their donor status by Tuesday night and as of Wednesday morning, 18,000 Facebook users had clicked on the link.

 

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 72,944 people are actively waiting for an organ donation and 18 people die every day waiting for a kidney, heart or other vital organ.

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