Persuasive Speech

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Stephanie Ethington
SPE 103-02
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04/20/12

Persuasive Speech Outline

Topic: Blood Donation

Purpose: To persuade my peers of the need for blood donations.

Thesis: The need for blood donors is crucial it could save a life of someone you know or your own.

Introduction:

A. Imagine you or someone you know needed blood to save their life. For example, if you were born with a heart defect and required a transfusion for a chance at life. What if there was no blood available? Well for instance, my niece was born with a rare blood disorder called ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) to which her body kills off her own platelets. When her platelets fall, it would require her to have a transfusion. Just imagine if nobody gave blood. She and others would not have a chance at life. B. Not very nice images to think about but it happens everyday. Some of you may have already encountered the need for a blood transfusion or know someone who has. C. Today, I would like to first talk to you about the need for blood donors, Secondly, how you can donate, and last about how you can benefit from giving blood. (Transition: I will begin with telling you about the need for blood donors.) I. The need for blood increases everyday.

A. The demand for blood never slows down according to The American Red Cross. Everyday thousands need blood in order to survive. 1. The blood must undergo time-consuming tests and then used before it goes bad, which is about 42 days. 2. As a result, maintaining an adequate blood supply is a challenge. B. Do not donate your blood if you are unsure it is safe from infectious disease, such as HIV and Hepatitis. 1. It is wiser not to donate than to pass on contaminated blood to another person. 2. A life can be greatly affected if it is contaminated.

C. According to an article “How to Give the Gift of Life”, written by Carolyn Gard in 2009, 97% of people in the U.S. will need blood at some...
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