Would you give a kidney to a Facebook friend?

Scott Bedics, who has kidney failure, asks everyone this question: his family, his friends, the people at his church, his nurse, his doctor, the reporter writing this story. But word of mouth won’t reach everyone, so he uses Facebook to expand his reach. It’s a path many are taking, as social media becomes ubiquitous and the wait for a deceased organ donor remains stubbornly long. People who don’t find a kidney match in a relative or friend, typically wait three to five years for a donation from a deceased person because the demand is so high, according to the National Kidney Foundation. And many die waiting. For a tiny fraction of people, social media campaigns have yielded results, giving hope to those desperate for a chance at survival. Read more here >>>

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