Organ Donation Speech

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When asked if they would like to become an organ donor, many people ask themselves,

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Why should I donate my organs?

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What are the benefits?

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Are there any reasons not to? (Pause) For many people the topic of organ donation can be a touchy one. Many have religious beliefs against the practice, or apply to certain conspiracy theories that put forth horror stories of patients who would have otherwise survived.

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Despite these concerns, the fact remains that at any given point in time, over 114,000 patients in the United States alone are on waiting lists to receive organ donations. Less than 50% of these patients will ever receive the organs they need to survive. Every person who becomes an organ donor has the potential to save one or more of lives.

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As you can see, the number of organ donors is gradually increasing from only about 7,000 in 1991 to over 14,000 in 2011.

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However, many more patients are still waiting. As previously mentioned, over 114,000 Americans are awaiting a donation – which corresponds to about 1 donor for every 8 people. There are many organs that can be donated such as the liver, heart, and pancreas, but kidney’s are in the highest demand.

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These graphs shows the various organs that are in demand from specific age groups and the percent of transplant candidates who are waiting. Children younger than age 5 most commonly need liver transplants, while kidneys are the greatest need among other age groups. The majority of eligible candidates still awaiting a transplant are age 50 and over.

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The purpose of this speech is to present you with some concrete reasons to become an organ donor, and hopefully to convince you to check that organ donor checkbox the next time you renew your driver’s license.

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Understanding the benefits of…...

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