By Tuesday evening, 100,000 people had declared themselves organ donors on their Facebook profiles, a critical step, physicians said, in speeding the organ donation process because it lets families know their relatives' wishes.
Among those 100,000 users, 10,000 had linked through Facebook to sign up directly with their state organ donation registries.
Surgeons and transplant advocates have heralded the program, calling the initiative, which allows users to share their decision to donate, a "game changer."
More than 112,000 Americans are awaiting organs, and 18 people die every day from the lack of available organs, according to Donate Life America. Though more than 90 percent of Americans support donation, only 42 percent are registered donors.
Those in the transplant community view Facebook as a means of increasing donation in three ways: by increasing the number of potential donors; guaranteeing that families know the wishes of their loved ones; and helping match live donors with needy recipients.
"I think it's possible that we will see an impact over the next couple of years, where we would imagine eliminating the transplant waiting list," Dr. Andrew Cameron, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who helped bring the idea to Facebook, told ABC News.
Read more and find out which state are impacted the most: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/18153388/states-see-instant-spike-in-organ-donors-following-facebook-push