Organ and Tissue Donation Speech Outline

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Title: Organ & Tissue Donation

Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to become organ and tissue donors

Central Idea: The waiting lists for organ and tissue recipients are growing, while potential donors choose not to donate as a result of myths surrounding the donation process.


I.Organ and tissue donation are issues personal to me.
A. [personal example]
B. [personal example]
II. Demand for donor organs already outnumbers the registered donors, yet this demand grows everyday. III. Myths about the organ donation process deter many eligible donors from registration.


(TR) I would like to begin by giving you some statistics related to the demand for organ donors. II. Demand is high and growing every day.
A. As of this morning, there were 109,772 people waiting for organ transplants. B. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 18 people die every day waiting for a transplant of a vital organ. C. More than 6,600 patients died in 2008 waiting for either a heart, lung, kidney, or liver. D. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, over 3200 patients are currently waiting on heart transplants. E. It is estimated that nearly 12,000 people who die every year are eligible to be organ donors; less than half do so. • (TR) Hearing just one of those statistics can evoke an emotional response from just about any audience. III. Myths exist that confuse and deter eligible donors from registering. A. If I agree to be an organ donor, less effort will be given to save my life. B. Organ donation is against my religion.

C. I'm too old to donate my organs.
D. My family won't be able to have an open-casket funeral for me. E. My health is not ideal, and no one would want my organs. F. Rich and famous or white people go to the top of the list. IV. Once you have decided to donate your organs, there are three steps you must take. A. Register with the...
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