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The Gift of Life: Become a Organ Donor

            TITLE: The Gift of Life: Become an Organ Donor.
             Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about how important organ donation is to save lives.
             Central Idea: A transplanted heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, intestine or tissue donations can .
             provide the gift of life for someone in need.
             Method of Organization: Topical.
             I. The need for a donated organ could come from another, or you yourself might be one in need, you never know.
             II. Organ transplants are no longer, rare or experimental procedures.
             III. Unfortunately, many thousands of people die every year due to the shortages of donor organs.
             IV. Most people support the concept of organ donation, but they don"t donate due to misconceptions about the procedures involved.
             I hope that I will be able to answer any misconceptions and myths surrounding organ donation.
             I. Many people wonder what organs can be donates.
             A. Hearts, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver and intestines.
             B. Tissues that can be donated are eyes, skin, heart valves and tendons.
             C. According to UNOS, there are over 83,000 patients waiting for a transplant.
             D. Between 1996 and 2000, there are over 15,000 patients that have received a transplant.
             E. The numbers of patients that have died waiting for a transplant in the years of 2001-2002 are 38.
             Now I will tell you about who are organ donors.
             II. Who are the people that become organ donors?.
             A. Everyone can become a potential organ and tissue donor.
             B. Age or medical history is not a determinant if your organs or tissues can be used, but what condition they are in.
             C. If your organs are not in good condition, they can be donated for medical research to find causes for illnesses and diseases.
             D. According to UNOS the donor profile averages are at 24%, and their ages range from 18 to 64.
             Why is being a donor important?.
             III. Organ and tissue donations are very important to due waiting times.

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