A California organ donation network saw its online registrations jump 1,300 percent compared to the day before Facebook made its announcement.

What began as a freshman-year friendship resulted in Facebook’s announcement Tuesday that the world’s largest social network will offer help for the global shortage of donor organs, an effort that in its first day signed up tens of thousands of new donors and directed a surge of awareness at a growing problem.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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