Advocating Steroids Essay

1493 words - 6 pages

Topic:  Anabolic Steroids
Specific Purpose: To persuade and inform the audience about usage and the positive effects that can be brought out by them.
Thesis Statement: Steroids have been proven to have amazing capabilities and they could be the end of the search for the fountain of youth.

I.  INTRODUCTION
A.  When we hear about steroids its usually on the T.V or radio talking about the latest athlete who’s admitted to using anabolic steroids, usually this doesn’t end well for the athlete, as well as the view on steroids. I agree that he was wrong to use them, that gave him an unfair advantage on the field and clearly is a banned substance in almost all sports, but what about ...view middle of the document...

b.  A new name is added to the national waiting list every 16 minutes. That means that 3 people will be added to the list during the time we are in class today.
1) The problem is that 10 people will die each day waiting for an organ transplant (LifeSource: Questions and Answers).2) The reason is that are only on the average 5,000 donors nationally per year                     (LifeSource: Statistics).
c. You can choose to donate any needed organs or you can specify which organs or tissues you wish to donate.
2.. Organ donation is very important.
a.  The following poem by Robert Test entitled, "To Remember Me," shows the importance of organ donation.
"Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman. Give my heart to a person whose heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain… Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk…Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window (South Dakota Lions Eye Bank, undated brochure). 
b. Not only is this a problem nationally but also it is a big problem right here at home in the Midwest.
1)  Nationally, there are over 62,000 people waiting as of October 7, 1998. As of October 7, 1998, there are 1,422 people from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and part of Wisconsin that are on the organ waiting list (LifeSource: Statistics).
2)  The sad part is that there have only been 104 donors in the Midwest so far from January 1998 through August 1998 (LifeSource: Newsnotes).
[Transition: I’m sure that you can see the need for people like you to donate your organs. The majority of this class has already said they would like to donate their organs when they die. But you might be asking, well, how can I make sure my organs are donated after I die? Let me tell you.]
B.  This is how you go about making sure your organs are donated.
1. Talk with your family about your decision. They will be involved in the donation arrangements when you die. If they do not know your wishes of becoming a donor, your wishes may never be carried out.
2. Mark your driver’s license so that your license indicates your intent to donate. Each state varies.                      
a.   Fill out, sign and carry a uniform donor card with you. b.   This donor card says  what organs you wish to have donated and also has places for your family members to sign as witnesses after you have discussed your decision with them (Gundersen Lutheran Hospital [LaCrosse, WI] undated brochure).
[Transition: You can see that it isn’t difficult to be an organ donor. Now let’s look at what may happen if you choose to donate your organs and what may happen if you choose not to.]
C. Organ donation benefits both the...

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