Persuasive Speech

PERSUASIVE SPEECH OUTLINE Topic: Organ Donation Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to donate their organs and tissues when they die and to act upon their decision to donate. INTODUCTION Attention: How do you feel when you have to wait for something you really, really want? What if it was something you couldn’t live without? Ladies and gentlemen I’m here today to share with you my views on organ donation, in the hope that you will take them on board and give someone the ultimate gift after you have left this earth- the gift of life.

Ladies and gentlemen, at this moment in the US there are 79,000 U. S patients on the transplant waiting list. Three thousand a month are added to this total. Not a lot you may say when the population is close to three hundred million, but now add twenty to thirty family and friends to each patient, and the number increases vastly. One of the people on the waiting list for an organ transplant might someone you know. BODY (NEED): People around the world but also right here in the US, either in Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, need organ transplants and they need our help.

The problem is that there is a lack of organs and organ donors who make organ transplantation possible. b. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 16 minutes. That means that 3 people will be added to the list during the time we are in class today. c. You can choose to donate any needed organs or you can specify which organs or tissues you wish to donate. Organ donation is very important. a. The following poem by Robert Test entitled, “To Remember Me,” shows the importance of organ donation. “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 crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window (South Dakota Lions Eye Bank, undated brochure). b. Not only is this a problem nationally but also it is a big problem right here at home in the Northwest. Transition: I’m sure that you can see the need for people like you to donate your organs.

The majority of this class has already said they would like to donate their organs when they die. But you might be asking, well, how can I make sure my organs are donated after I die? Let me tell you. B. This is how you go about making sure your organs are donated. Talk with your family about your decision. They will be involved in the donation arrangements when you die. If they do not know your wishes of becoming a donor, your wishes may never be carried out. Mark your driver’s license so that your license indicates your intent to donate. Each state varies. a. Fill out, sign and carry a uniform donor card with you. . This donor card says what organs you wish to have donated and also has places for your family members to sign as witnesses after you have discussed your decision with them (Gundersen Lutheran Hospital [LaCrosse, WI] undated brochure). Transition: You can see that it isn’t difficult to be an organ donor. Now let’s look at what may happen if you choose to donate your organs and what may happen if you choose not to. C. Organ donation benefits both the donor’s family and the recipients. If you do donate your organs, your family and the people who receive your organs might benefit in a similar way like this family.

A seventeen year old died of head injuries in a car accident. His mom decided to donate his organs. His heart went to a prison chaplain; his kidneys went to a mother of 5 children and a Vietnam vet. The Vietnam vet is “energetic” and finally is getting his college degree. The teenager gave life to others and his family feels a sense of satisfaction and comfort that other lives have been touched by his (University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics 1991 brochure). The problem arises when you are thinking about becoming a donor but never do anything about it.

Then, no one knows your wishes and your organs will not be donated. The consequences of this are more people waiting for organs and there will still be an incredible shortage of available organs CONCLUSION: A. Brake light/Transition: As you can easily see, donating your organs can be one of the most important decisions you ever make and also the greatest gift you could ever give. B. Summary: I’ve told you about the need for organ donors in our area, how you can become an organ donor after you die, and finally, how your family and organ recipients benefit from your onation. You become a donor by talking to your family and making sure they know you want to be a donor, fill out and sign a donor card, and indicate your wishes on your driver’s license. *C. Motivation*: What if the person waiting on the list needing an organ transplant was someone you loved? Imagine if you had a brother or sister who had unexpectedly died and you were able to meet the person who received their heart, for example. Think of the satisfaction and possible comfort knowing that your brother or sister provided life for somebody else.

I’m going to leave you with a short message from Michael Jordan who is a sponsor for the Iowa Life Gift Coalition on Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness and appears in their 1996 brochure. “Please make the decision to become an organ and tissue donor. Remember: Share your life. Share your decision. ” WORKS CITED Gundersen Lutheran Hospital (Lacrosse, WI): “Life…Pass It On. ” Undated brochure. Iowa Life Gift Coalition on Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness: “Share Your Life, Share Your Decision. ” 1996 brochure.

Iowa Statewide Organ Procurement Organization: “Be an organ donor…it’s the chance of a lifetime! ” undated brochure. LifeSource:Newsnotes. October 1998. Accessed November 2, 1998. . LifeSource: Questions and Answers. April 1998. Accessed November 2, 1998. . LifeSource: Statistics. October 1998. Accessed November 2, 1998. . South Dakota Lions Eye Bank: “No Greater Gift…Than Yourself To Others. ” Undated brochure. University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics: “A Circle of Life: The Gift of Organ and Tissue Donation. ” 1991 brochure