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Facebook wants to help you share your organs. Users in the United States and the U.K. can enroll as organ donors via links ...
to official registries on the world's biggest social networking site, said CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (May 1)
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[Notes:VO: FACEBOOK VIDEO SHOWING ORGAN DONATION REGISTRY] FACEBOOK IS MAKING IT EASIER FOR ITS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF USERS TO SAVE A LIFE.(SOT: David fleming/president & ceo, donate life america)16:54:00 we currently have over 114,000 people in the united states waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. 18 people die every day waiting, so that's 7,000 people a year because an organ doesn't become available in time. [Notes:VO: FACEBOOK VIDEO SHOWING ORGAN DONATION REGISTRY]AS OF TUESDAY, THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE HAS MADE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO REGISTER AS ORGAN DONORS AND SHARE THEIR DESIRES.Barbara Ortutay/AP technology writer13:32:10 So starting today you can click on your timeline, say you want to share a life event and then pick the year or month that you became an organ donor. if you're not an organ donor now this will just take you to your state's regular organ donation registry, where you still have to register seperately from facebook. [Notes:VO: AP FILE OF SURGERY]TRANSPLANT ADVOCACY GROUP DONATE LIFE AMERICA SAYS ONLY ABOUT 60-PERCENT OF AMERICANS ARE REGISTERED ORGAN DONORS--DESPITE THE FACT THAT SURVEYS SHOW 95-PERCENT OF AMERICANS SUPPORTING DONATIONS.(SOT: David fleming/president & ceo, donate life america)6:564:34 but it's also really a cultural statement that an organization that has the reach, the power and prestige of a facebook has adopted organ donation as one of its causes. 44[Notes:VO: AP FILE OF ZUCKERBERG]THE IDEA CAME FROM FACEBOOK FOUNDER MARK ZUCKERBERG. [Notes:AP PHOTO OF ZUCKERBERG AND GIRLFRIEND]HE CITED TWO SOURCES--HIS GIRLFRIEND Priscilla Chan, a medical student. [Notes:VO: FILE OF STEVE JOBS.]THE OTHER--HIS FRIENDSHIP WITH FORMER APPLE CEO STEVE JOBS. JOBS DIED LAST YEAR--BUT PREVIOUSLY HAD A LIVER TRANSPLANT.IT'S A MOVEMENT THAT APPEARS TO BE RESONATING.(SOT: David fleming/president & ceo, donate life america)16:59:21 we know for a fact that we've already had thousands of people go to their state registries as a result of this partnership launched today and because of that, lives will be saved. 31AND THAT LIFE COULD BE YOURS OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE,MATT FRIEDMAN. ASSOCIATED PRESS.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: matt friedman---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: ap/FACEBOOK-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: dstarddard----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: COURTESY----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: k0034BC-US--Facebook-Organ Donations, 2nd Ld-Write