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The organ donation community is applauding Facebook’s announcement Tuesday that it will allow its 900 million members to share their donor status with friends and family, and to link to state databases where people in the USA can register online to officially become donors.

“This is great news. It has the potential to be one of the biggest campaigns to increase donor designation that we’ve ever seen,” said John Green, community relations director for the Gift of Life Donor Program, based in Philadelphia.

“It’s absolutely critical at this time when online communication and social media are really the way people are communicating,” said Julia Rivera, director of communications for the New York Organ Donor Network.


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