Experience News in a New Way
If today was your last day alive, what legacy would you want to leave behind? Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg could be pondering that. He has come up with a new way to use Facebook not just to show off vacation pics and where you had lunch, but to save lives.
The social networking site added a spot where you can register as an organ donor and then tell your friends, encouraging them to join you.
“Simply by putting in and telling your story that you are willing to participate in this,” Zuckerberg told ABC News, “we think a lot of people who might be on the fence about whether or not they want to do this could be convinced.”
“Across the country, there are more than 114,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant,” said Laura Frnka-Davis with LifeGift Organ Donations.
“I couldn’t imagine a better use for Facebook,” said Houstonian Sophia Furnace. “Those are the kinds of things we need to be using Facebook for.”
West University resident Lorne O’Sullivan is an seasoned Facebook user but has never registered to be an organ donor. “I just kinda felt a little odd about it,” he said, “but the more I think about it and the older I get, the more I think it’s a good idea.”
In Houston, about 3000 people are waiting to receive transplant to save their lives, according to Frnka-Davis. “So we really hope that this will put us over the edge and get more people to sign the donor registry.”
Some folks say this new donor registry is just Facebook delving deeper into our lives. But in this case, who really cares?
“Once you’re dead, I don’t think it really matters,” laughed Furnace. “You just wanna help those people that are still alive, you know.”
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