Would you share your organ donor status on Facebook? You share what you're making for dinner, how your garden grows, where you're going on vacation and every moment of it, those embarrassing Vegas photos, your family connections, your marital status and your religion. And when your friends say share a post to raise awareness about cancer, you update your status for an hour. But what about your organs?
Mark Zuckerberg is hoping you will.
On "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Zuckerberg and company Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that Facebook is letting those U.S.- and U.K.-based users among its 900 million members add whether they’re an organ donor to their timelines and the story behind the decision to become one. There's also a link to the official donor registry for those inspired to become a donor.
This will be part of a larger Health and Wellness section in the biographical information, including details such as a member's weight loss.
"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," the Facebook announcement reads. "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.... 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."
Zuckerberg told "GMA's" Robin Roberts that he was inspired to add this element by his pediatrician girlfriend and by his mentor Steve Jobs, whose battle with cancer involved a liver transplant.