Facebook gets behind lung transplant recipient's donor campaign
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:06PM EDT
OTTAWA -- An organ donation campaign started by a feisty young Ottawa double-lung transplant recipient now has new friends -- a lot of them.
Facebook is hoping its organ donation tool, which allows users to share their status as organ donors, will help Helene Campbell foster awareness of the cause.
The social media company launched the feature in May in the United States and the U.K., and is now bringing it to Canada.
Since its inception four months ago, the tool has been launched in 12 other countries, and Facebook credits it with attracting 275,000 more people to become donors.
Facebook Canada managing director Jordan Banks says it took until now to launch it in Canada because organ donation falls under provincial and territorial jurisdiction.
Campbell, whose social media organ donation campaign caught the attention of celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Beiber, says she's excited by the attention Facebook can bring to the cause.
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