You know how you feel when you really, really want something but you have to wait? Like the newest game, movie, or maybe that expensive bag that everyone else has. What if it was something that you couldn’t live without? Like a heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys. Today I would like to share with you the importance of organ donation. In hopes that you will give that someone who is waiting for a transplant they really want and need in order to live. Which, is the ultimate gift after you have left this earth- the gift of life.
As of September 24, 2010 there are 108,725 men, women, and children on the transplant waiting list just here in the US. Over seven thousand are right here in the state of Texas. Four thousand one hundred are added to the national list each month. Does not sound like many when the population is close to three hundred million, but now add twenty to thirty family and friends to each patient, and the numbers increase vastly. One of these people on the waiting list for an organ transplant might be someone you know.
People around the world need organ transplants. There are many just here in the US who need organ transplants and they need our help with donations. The problem is that there is a lack of organ donors to donate organs that make organ transplantation possible. A new name is added to the national waiting list every 10 minutes. That means that five people will be added to the list during the time we are in class today. 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. 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,...
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