Donating Blood Essay

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Lisa Gray Professor Baker COMM110 November 20, 2012 #3 Persuasive Speech – Every Donation Matters: The Importance of Donating Blood Topic: Donating Blood Saves Lives. Purpose: Persuasive Specific Purpose: to persuade my audience to go out and give blood. Central Idea: Explore and discuss how donating blood saves lives. Residual Idea: You can save a life, donate blood! Introduction: Imagine (pause) you get a call and your father has just suffered a heart attack at work and must undergo open-heart surgery in order to repair the damage. Imagine (pause) your sister just had her first baby; but your niece was born with a heart defect that requires daily blood transfusions to have a chance at survival. Imagine (pause) your best friend, the kid you spent every day after school hanging out with has just been diagnosed with leukemia, a disease requiring regular transfusions of platelets. Not very nice images are they, but these things happen. Sadly some of you may have even experienced them already, Casey do you know if you require blood after your accident on the Delaware River? Naturally you would assume that should you need blood, your local hospital would have the blood you need. But do they? There is one way you can make sure they do, that’s by donating blood. Transfusions of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma are critical to a patient's return to good health. Donating blood is vital to helping save someone's life in an emergency situation. One person in a car crash can take up to 100 pints of blood. Individuals requiring blood are surgical patients; burn victims; accident victims; people who are anemic; hemophiliacs; seriously ill babies; persons suffering from leukemia, cancer, kidney disease and liver disease. Body: It is estimated that in the United States, every three seconds a patient needs blood. Sometimes the blood can be
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