Persuasive Speech About Organ Donation

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Almost everyone would want to be able to say “I have saved a life.” But by becoming an organ donor, you can say “I will save a life.” Organ donation is the gift of life. There are many myths related to organ donation, but most of them are false. In order to be well informed, you must know what organ donation is, how it works as well as how you can become a donor. I will begin with the questions what is organ donation and how does it work? Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. Organs you can donate include: kidneys, heart, liver, pancreas, intestines, lungs, skin, bone, bone marrow, and cornea (the front part of the eye). The two most common transplants are liver and kidney since we are already born with an extra kidney and the liver is regenerative. If the patient needs a heart, lung, pancreas or cornea, the organ needs to come from a deceased donor. However, brain dead donors are also acceptable. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing at this moment in the US there are 79,000 patients on the transplant waiting list. A new name is added to the list every 16 minutes which means there will be about 4 people added during the time we have in class today. The problem is over 25% of the patients will die because of organ shortage. There are only about 5,000 donors each year. That’s why organ donation is very important which shows in the following poem ‘Remember me’. "Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman. Give my heart to a person whose heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain… Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk… Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday, a speechless boy will shout at the

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