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By using marketing techniques including promotional shirts for DMV employees, South Carolina hopes to double donor registrations.
Floragraph portraits of deceased organ donors adorned five gigantic lanterns to support this year’s theme “Light Up the World”. The parade judges agreed, granting Donate Life it’s third award for best theme presentaiton.
Bridge to Life supports the Donate Life Float and its goal to inspire future organ donors.
Split liver transplantation carries no increased risk of failure in either recipient, allowing surgeons to safely save two lives from a single donated organ (graft), according to new research from Boston Children’s Hospital published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
As a follow-up to a news story shared last year (May 4, 2012) regarding Facebook’s Announcement to Support Organ Donor Registrations, there have been some interesting results.
- The average number of online organ donor registrations is 616 per day.
- On the first day of the initiative, there were 13,054 new online registrations.
- Within 12 days, the number of daily online registrations returned to the average norm.
Social media has impacted the world in ways that no one anticipated. Now it is starting to influence the way we consider organ donation as well. Facebook created a way for its users to share whether they are registered as a potential organ donor and also added links making it easier for Facebook users to sign up. In the first day of operation, online organ donor registries received over 20 times the normal traffic for registration.
The main basis for Facebook’s recent addition on organ donation is to make the public more aware of the need for Organ Donations. Many people may not be aware that a friend, colleague or family member may need an organ donation since it can be a difficult and awkward subject to bring up. Nearly everyone is aware of organ donation in the event of death, but the need for live organs like a kidney is also huge. Everyone has the potential to change or even save someone’s life by donating an organ.
Social Media Dramatically Increases Organ Donor Registration
Facebook’s influence on organ donor registrations was revealed in a study conducted by various researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The impact was commendable, but they recognized that a social media program will need to be deployed to continually energize the online initiative and keep the momentum moving forward. The study leader was Andrew M. Cameron, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Other Johns Hopkins researchers who contributed to this research included Allan B. Massie, Ph.D.; Robert A. Montgomery, M.D., D.Phil.; and Dorry L. Segev, M.D., Ph.D.
Cameron shared, “This was the first effort like this designed to mobilize people for a public health cause.”
- Johns Hopkins University researchers posted results in the American Journal of Transplantation.
- Awareness and Communication
Social media has huge potential as a public health tool
The Facebook Effect: Social Media Dramatically Boosts Organ Donor Registration
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine, June 18, 2013
Facebook study shows social media’s potential to increase organ donations: Read story.
Why Be an Organ Donor?
Source: Donate Life: New York Organ Donor Network
Organ donation is possible with the consent of the patient (through organ donor forms), or from the family of the patient. If you have not registered as an organ donor, it places the family in the position of making that decision. If you have not registered, consider the benefits: Save Lives (one organ donor can save up to eight lives); Improve Quality of Life (reduce or remove someone’s dependence on costly treatments to survive); and Comfort Grieving Families (helping to save or improve lives of others is often a solace to the donor’s family members). More info
Scott Linscott’s Liver Transplant Journey
Scott Linscott continues to share his life journey AFTER receiving a liver transplant in Spring 2012. Even a year after his surgery, his Facebook profile continues to share posts about his gratitude for receiving a liver transplant, his support to those on waiting lists and his encouragement to all to register as organ donors. Scott’s Facebook Timeline
Toronto teen appeals to social media for liver transplant
Global News, July 19, 2013
Fatima Baig is a 19-year-old teenager in Toronto. Because she’s in dire need of a liver transplant and has a rare blood type (Type B-positive), she is reaching out to potential donors through social media. Read story
Senator Shealy Introduces Resolution in South Carolina
Senator Shealy introduced a resolution through the Committee on Medical Affairs to designate Thursday, April 4, 2013 as Organ Donor Registration Day in South Carolina. Officially adopted, this bill expresses the South Carolina General Assembly’s and the State of South Carolina’s support for organ, eye and tissue donation throughout the state.
This resolution was brought forward for the following reasons:
- More than 117,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant.
- More than 18 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant.
- One Donor can save up to eight lives.
- People of any age, race and ethnicity can save and enhance lives by donating their organs, eyes and tissues.
A copy of this resolution was forwarded to Donate Life South Carolina (www.donatelifesc.com).
RELATED NEWS STORIES
- SC Senator Proposes April 4 be named Organ Donor Registration Day, WSPA.com
- Carolina Donor Services
- Donate Life in South Carolina – www.donatelifesc.org
- Becoming a Donor in your State
- Organizations Related to Donation and Transplantation
- April is National Donate Life Month. It’s a reminder that you have the opportunity to give a very precious gift.
Online Donor Registration — Register Now!
The Engine of Life becomes an Enduring Gift:
Kellen Roberts was an organ donor. He inspired love and life in many ways – both during his life and after.
In 2005, when Kellen unexpectedly died after hitting his head in an accident, his heart was transplanted into 17-year-old Connor Rabinowitz. In this video, you’ll learn how Kellen’s gift of life blossomed into a love story and marriage between his sister, Erin, and Connor.
Online Donor Registration — Register Now
ADDITIONAL INTERESTING STORIES
Facebook CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg, talked about the new feature in an interview with the “Good Morning America” television show, noting that the idea for the new set of tools arose when people in disaster areas used Facebook to communicate.
The Facebook initiative calls for members to announce as well as update their organ donation status. The donor status will show up along with other data in a Health and Wellness section, which can also include other health information. This feature will also offer links to state online donor registries, where people can change their donor status.
Fackbook’s Life-saving Tool – An Organ Donor Feature
Read CNET News article, May 1, 2012 by Zack Whittaker
Facebook Calls on Members to Flag Organ Donor Status
Read Reuters article, May 3, 2012 by Julie Steenhuysen
Sharing Your Organ Donor Status
How to Officially Register, Facebook Help Center and FAQs
Facebook Adds Organ Donor Option to Timeline
Read Mashable article, May 1, 2012 by Todd Wasserman
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