08 Apr Green Shirt Day Initiative – The Logan Boulet Effect
As hockey parents, players and coaches, many of us remember the tragic day in April of 2018 when 29 people from the Humboldt Broncos died in a bus crash. But from this tragedy arose a remarkable advocacy movement to encourage registration for organ donation, inspired by one of the deceased players, Logan Boulet, whose organs saved the lives of 6 people. NT is a proud supporter of Green Shirt Day on April 7.
Green Shirt Day is in honour of the Logan Boulet Effect, in support of organ donor awareness and registration across Canada.
On April 6, 2018, Canadians were heartbroken to hear the news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Of the 29 passengers, sixteen lost their lives and thirteen will all bear physical and emotional scars for life.
On April 7, 2018, Humboldt Broncos defenceman, Logan Boulet succumbed to his injuries, his parents, Bernadine and Toby Boulet offered to donate his organs so that six lives could live on. They did so, because Logan told his parents, he was registering as an organ donor, and that he was inspired by his coach and mentor Ric Suggitt. Ric passed on June 27th, 2017 and was also an organ donor and saved 6 lives.
What happened following this selfless act, is nothing less than miraculous and became known across Canada as the “Logan Boulet Effect”.
As news spread of the organ donation, by this young hockey player, over 100,000 people registered to become organ donors in the days and weeks that followed. To date this is the largest number of Canadians registering to become organ donors in Canadian History due to one event – one person.
To register as an organ donor and for more information on Green Shirt Day, please visit: www.greenshirtday.ca