Get with the times, America!
While science continues to make advances, unfortunately our laws don't keep up with them!
16-year-old Alexander 'A.J.' Betts Jr. committed suicide in July 2013 after being outed as gay, months after becoming an organ donor. His heart, liver, and lungs were able to help people who needed them, but his eyes couldn’t be donated because of who he was!
The FDA made a rule decades ago that
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With hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and millions around the globe searching for a lifesaving organ transplant, there can never be too many donors.
Since pretty much EVERY person in the world has a Facebook account, is there a better place to start advertising? We can't think of one!
Mark Zuckerberg has launched a new feature on the social media site he founded which allows users to share their status as an organ donor. Along with spreading awareness and personal stories of those who have already chosen to be donors, Zuckerberg hopes the initiative will encourage more users to register with the appropriate service in their area.
Hear what Facebook's CEO has to say about the issue in the Good Morning America interview (above), then check out the new feature for yourself! In your status update bar, click on the "Life Event" option, then select the "Health & Wellness" category to find the "Organ Donor" tab.
If U haven't registered yet, there is even a handy-dandy link available to sign up!
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