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Specific Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to persuade you to donate blood for patients who need a bone

marrow transplant. Central Idea: I am going to tell you about the problem with the lack of bone marrow donors and how we can solve that problem. I. Introduction A. o you know of a close friend or a family member who has leukemia!

". #any people are not aware that there are people who are $ust waiting for a bone marrow transplant% and the only way for them to receive it is from a match from someone. C. #y aunt had leukemia and we had to wait for a year for her to receive a match. . I am going to tell you about the problem with not being able to find a match for a transplant% how we can help solve this problem% and the action we can take. Transition to body: &irst let me tell you about the problem. II. "ody A. The problem '. The problem that is occurring is that there is lack of bone marrow donors. (. #any of the leukemia patients need a bone marrow transplant for them to cure this disease. ). There are three types of blood cells that are very important to our system because they are what keeps are immune systems running. *. +very year there are more than ),%,,, children and adults in the -nited States that are diagnosed with leukemia.

.. /ou might be thinking well how can my bone marrow be like someone else0s% who is not related to me. ". The solution '. The solution to this problem is that if more individuals went to donate their bone marrow% leukemia patients will have a better chance to survive the cancer. (. The procedure for the bone marrow is very easy% and it only takes a minute out of your time. ). An individual $ust needs to go to any bone marrow or blood center and register themselves% they will than take a small blood sample to determine there tissue type. *. 1nce they have your tissue type% they will than compare your tissue type to thousands of patients around the world who need a transplant. .. The higher the number of matching your marrow to the patients% the greater the chance that the patient0s body will accept your bone marrow. Transition to conclusion: I hope you can see the problem and the solutions to these problems for patients who need this transplant. C. Conclusion '. The benefit that a bone marrow transplant can give to a leukemia patient is enormous. +ach one of you has the potential to save someone0s life. (. A few minute of your time% can give a patient a chance to live their life. ). /ou can go to the -#C% or any local blood drive place to donate. Please help save someone0s life and give him or her another chance to live.

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o you know of a close friend or a family member who has cancer% or pacifically leukemia! ?here they are $ust waiting for a bone marrow transplant% which might end up being their only potential cure. #any people are not even aware that there are so many individuals who have this type of cancer and for some the only way for them to survive or gain $ust a little bit of there life back is from a bone marrow transplant. I know this from my personal e@perience because my aunt was diagnosed with leukemia% after many radiation treatments% she eventually had to get a bone marrow transplant. She had to wait a year to find a match and get her transplant. ?ell today I am going to tell you a little bit about the problem that is occurring with not being able to find a match for a transplant% how we can help solve this problem and save someone0s life% and the action that we should all take to improve this problem. &irst I am going to tell you about the problem that his occurring with the lack of bone marrow donors. #any individuals do not know what leukemia is and how might they can help

the patients with leukemia. #any of the leukemia patients need a bone marrow transplant for them to cure this disease. The bone marrow is a softA sponge like material found insides of our bones% which contains stem cells that produce blood cells like white blood cells% red blood cells% and platelets. These three types of blood cells are very important to our system because they are what keeps are immune systems running. These cells fight infectionA carry o@ygen to and remove waste products from organs and tissues% and also enable the blood to clot. +very year there are more than ),%,,, children and adults in the -nited States that are diagnosed with leukemia. And about ;,B of these patients do not find a match for themselves to have a transplant. ?ith a transplant these patients have the chance to beat their cancer and survive it. /ou might be thinking well how can my bone marrow be like someone else0s% who is not related to me. ?ell% close relative and family member are more likely than unrelated people to have a match. "ut only ), to *,B of patients have a match with their sibling or parents. +ven though a matcher marrow from someone unrelated is small% there has been an increase in the use of marrow from unrelated donors. I hope you can see the problem and the solutions to these problems for patients who need this transplant. The solution to this problem is that if more individuals went to donate their bone marrow% leukemia patients will have a better chance to survive the cancer. The procedure for the bone marrow is very easy% and it only takes a minute. An individual $ust needs to go to any bone marrow or blood center register themselves% they will than take a small blood sample to determine there tissue type. The blood sample doesn0t even hurts its like a small pinch. 1nce they have your tissue type% they will than compare your tissue type to thousands of patients around the world who need a transplant. To increase the likelihood of successful transplant% it is very important that the transplanted marrow match the patient0s own marrow as closely as

possible. The higher the number of matching your marrow to the patients% the greater the chance that the patient0s body will accept your bone marrow. If you become a potential match% and are able to give your marrow to the patients% the procedure takes only one to two hours. #ost patients are fine after the procedure and there is no harm to you% and your marrow will naturally replenish itself within four to si@ weeks. /ou cannot only help the patient with your bone marrow% but anyone who is pregnant can also help to. Another way this problem can be cured is that a mother can donate their baby0s umbilical cord blood. The cord contains stem cell% which can also help the patients. I hope you can see the problem and the solutions to these problems for patients who need this transplant. The benefit that a bone marrow transplant can give to a leukemia patient is enormous. onating the blood is as Cuick as filling up a tank of gas. +ach one of you has the potential to save someone0s life. A few minute of your time% can give a patient a chance to live there0s. So% please% please% please go give a sample of your blood to any bone marrow or blood drive organi:ation% and $ust tell them that you want to give a sample for bone marrow transplant. /ou can go to the -#C% or any local blood drive place to donate. Please help save someone0s life and give him or her another chance to live.