Organ donations soar following tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan

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12 April, 2018

Logan Boulet, pictured in his Humboldt Broncos hockey kit, was one of 15 people who died in the bus crash in Canada.

"Logan had made it known, and very clear to his family, that he had signed his organ donor card when he turned 21", Langevin said in a Facebook post.

For Donate Life Day, she says organ, tissue and cornea recipients will be at branch offices with donor family members to help spread the word.

You can go to www.giftoflife.on.ca to find out more about signing up.

The British Columbia's organ donation agency also reported a more than 600 percent increase in interested organ donors in the weekend following the crash, compared to two weeks earlier.

The organization works with hospitals across Kansas and the western half of Missouri to determine organ matches and works with individuals and their families regarding each donation.

"There's a sensitivity, even in 2018, about organ donation and transplantation and it needs to be diminished", she said.

Ronnie Gavsie, president and CEO of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, called Boulet "an example to all Canadians".

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April is organ donation month and in Ontario 1,500 people are on the wait-list for a life-saving organ transplant.

"It's such an easy thing that everyone can try to do to help", Stokke, 25, said in a phone interview.

"What makes Logan such a hero is that he actually took action", Gavsie said.

In Utah alone, there are around 800 people waiting to receive a transplant.

There now are more than 120,000 men, women and children waiting for organ transplants in the United States, and every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list, according to the organization's website.

They want to remind people it only takes one person to save a life. "So we've just tried to make it as simple as possible and to let people know how big of an impact they can have by taking that few seconds to register themselves".

"The decision to donate organs is a powerful gift, made more poignant because it often happens at an incredibly hard time", said Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.


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