• Steve Jobs Helped Inspire Facebook's Organ Donor Push



    At the age of 56, Steve Jobs passed away in October of 2011 and prematurely deprived the world of one of its greatest tech visionaries. But the world would have been deprived much sooner if not for the individual who had died and graciously left their liver for Steve Jobs several years earlier.

    The late and iconic Apple CEO was, for obvious reasons, forever grateful for the generosity of those who agreed to donate their organs for the good of others in need. As the recipient of a life-saving liver transplant, Jobs was motivated in 2010 to back a bill before the California state legislature that would ultimately pass and make it easier for residents to become organ donors.

    But perhaps Jobs' legacy to hep increase organ donor registration will most compellingly live on in the realm of Facebook, where this week Mark Zuckerberg admitted that Jobs' transplant was integral to the impetus for Facebook's latest effort.

    On Tuesday, Zuckerberg announced a new social sharing tool on Facebook designed to help spread the word about organ donations and hopefully inspire more people to become organ donors.

    “Starting today,” Zuckerberg says, “you can add that you’re an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor. If you’re not already registered with your state or national registry and want to be, you’ll find a link to the official donor registry there as well.”

    By Wednesday morning, more than 100,000 Facebook users had shared their donor status. Donate Life America, the organization working with Facebook, said 18,000 users had linked from Facebook to their state registries to sign up to become an organ donor.

    Upon launch of the new sharing tool, Zuckerberg told ABC News that Steve Jobs was never far from his thoughts when working on this effort.

    "That definitely, I think, was something that we all had in mind as we were building this out," Zuckerberg said. "His story is just one of many, of people who both were able to have an organ transplant that made his life longer, and he was extremely thankful for that."

    Source: ABC News
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