Los Angeles Times | Michelle Maltais
Donate Life California wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday: "As of 12:30pm today, the Donate Life California registry has increased its online donor sign ups by nearly 800% from yesterday thanks to this mornings announcement of the partnership with Facebook! Thank you Facebook!"
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" that the social networking site would now include donor designations in its biographical information.
Donate Life California's Chief Executive Charlene Zettel told The Times that the Facebook effect was "tremendous" in California and across the country.
News organizations and blogs that might not otherwise are talking about organ and tissue donation. (In case you didn't know, ligaments, veins, corneas, heart valves, bone and skin are among the human tissue that can be donated.)
The wait list can range from six to eight years, depending on the organ needed, she said.
Of the 20,762 people on California's organ wait list, 353 are children younger than 18; and 15 are younger than 1, Zettel told The Times. Ages 50 to 64 account for 9,746 of those on the list.