Blood Donation Persuasive Speaking

1497 Words Oct 17th, 2012 6 Pages
Persuasive Speech: Donate Blood
Summary: Objective essay to persuade people to give blood.
Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience to go out and give blood
Introduction:

I. Imagine your father has just suffered a heart attack and must undergo open-heart surgery in order to repair the damage.

II. Imagine your little nephew or niece baby was born with a heart defect and required daily transfusions of blood in order to have a chance at survival.

III. Imagine your best friend has just been diagnosed with leukemia, a disease requiring regular transfusions of platelets.

IV. Not very nice images are they, but these things happen and unfortunately some of you may even have experienced them already.

A. Naturally you'd
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But one needle I'll gladly put up with when stuck in my arm is the one that is offered up by the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) during their bi-monthly blood drives.
What do they say about donating blood? It's the "gift that keeps on giving?" Well, research has added another feather into its cap when it comes to donating blood: not only is it good for your local community blood supply, but it's good for your own as well. That's according to a new study published by the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org), that found that giving blood every six months led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in test participants ages 43 to 61.

According to www.bloodcenters.org, excessive iron is thought to contribute to heart disease, especially at its early stages. Donating blood on a regular basis reduces the iron stores in the body and this study supports the theory that reducing iron appears to preserve heart and vascular health.What a win/win situation, huh? Give blood to someone who needs it and do your own body good at the same time. What's more, regular blood donations may help keep the body's circulatory system healthy by reducing stores of iron, but the effect may not work for older people. The site www.thatsfit.com points out that over a period of six years, researchers examined more than 1,200 men and women, aged 43 to 87, who had peripheral arterial disease, a condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to

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