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If You Heard the Cries
If you heard the cries of those who need organ donations, if you had seen
the stories, if you had felt the pain and disappointment of those who need organ
donations, what would you do? What would you say to them? Would you say or
do anything at all? No need to explain, you already have. You haven’t said
anything, done anything, and I know for sure, you haven’t felt the same emotions.
But by the end of this speech you will feel.
The procedure for organ donations have improved incredibly. The only
problem is that there is barely any organs to donate. All the funding, technology,
and doctors are there and doing nothing but collecting dust. Because of the lack
of available donors in this country, 2,025 kidney patients, 1,347 liver patients,
458 heart patients and 361 lung patients died in 2001 while waiting for life-saving
organ transplants. This is in 2001, just imagine how high it is now.
I know what you’re thinking, “I’m too young to donate anything.” No you’re
not. A newborn can donate, just as long as you have parental consent, then you
can donate. If you don’t’ feel comfortable with donating now, you can still donate
when you’re decease. When you’re dead, your just brain dead, but your organs
can still work with the use of ventilators. You’re dead anyway, so why do you
need a heart or a lung? It’s still possible to have an open casket and your family
and friends won’t even notice the difference. It’s just something you need to think
Give the gift of life to the newborn.
Give the gift of life to the art teacher.
Give the girt of life to the mail woman.
Give the gift of life to the librarian.
Give the gift of life to the friend you haven’t met yet.
Show to your brothers and sisters that you do care. Show to them that you want
them to be happy. Don’t push them out of your mind, like an annoying chore.
If you heard the cries of those awaiting organ donations, would you cover
your ears like an immature child?
Would you explain how much you need it more than they do?
Would you care at all?
Or would you do something about it?
Take the first step and listen to their prayers.
Listen to their stories.
Listen to their dreams.
Witness their abilities
Feel their pain.
Feel their desires.
If you where one of these people, if you woke up each day crying in relief that
you woke up at all, if you went to the hospital asking if there was a donation but
again getting the same answer, if you went through the day thinking of if
tomorrow was the day you would leave this earth, then stand up right now and
explain how you feel. I was expecting that reaction-silence. A type of silence that
could convince the moon that it’s the time to rise. A type of silence that if is
breathed in, it would take all oxygen with it. A type of silence that is almost
deafening the ear and soul.
But its time to break the silence. It’s time for the patients to use their
voice, and its time for us to listen.