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Communications (COM 101) Organ Donation Persuasive Speech

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Orange County Community College

Introduction to Communications (COM 101)

Alexis Rodriguez
Help Save a Life at the End of Yours
Topic: Becoming an Organ Donor
General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to become organ donors
Proposition: Because there are more than 120,000 men, women and children on the national transplant
waiting list, we should all consider becoming an organ donor to help save a life.
I. (Attention Step) Imagine your mother, brother or even your child laying in a hospital bed for
months waiting for an organ they need to survive and unfortunately pass due to the limited supply of
organ donations.
(Establish significance to audience) Did you realize, according to statistics on Donate Life
America, that 22 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant and there have been 8,000 deaths
that occur each year in the U.S because organ are not donated in time.
(Proposition) If there was ever a time you wanted to make a big difference in someone’s life by
doing a simple thing– sign up to become an organ donor today.
(Preview of main points) In this speech I want to express to you why the limited amount of organ
donors is a problem, explain how you can become an organ donor and how far the difference can go if
you decide to become an organ donor today.
Transition: Let’s begin by looking at the problem.
I. (Need Step) The truth of the matter is that there are simply not enough people registered to
donate their organs.
A. 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 52% are registered. Which also varies by
1. According to Tiffanie Wen’s 2014 article on The Atlantic, “More than 80 percent of adults
in Alaska were registered donors in 2012, compared to only 12.7 percent in New York.
2. In New York alone, there are more than 10,000 people currently waiting for organ
3. According to data compiled by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network by
the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, more than 500 people died in New
York in 2013, waiting for an organ to become available.
A. Also stated by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, “Despite advances in
medicine and technology, and increased awareness of organ donation and transplantation, the
gap between supply and demand continues to widen.”



Communications (COM 101) Organ Donation Persuasive Speech

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