Logan Boulet, Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash Inspire Surge in Organ Donor Registration

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Logan Boulet of Lethbridge could help as many as six people through organ donation

The number of Canadians signing up to become organ donors following the tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan that killed fifteen people has risen dramatically.

Gavsie said that Boulet, who had signed up as an organ donor on his 21st birthday just a few weeks before the crash, "has left a legacy, and he is an example to all Canadians".

"Logan made it clear previously that he signed his donor card as soon as he turned 21", Boulet's family told Global News.

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When a person renews their license or health card at Service Ontario, they should be given the option to become an organ donor, but they can also register or check their donor status at BeADonor.ca.

The Canadian Press reports that by Monday, April 8, almost 900 people in Alberta had expressed interest in becoming an organ donor, compared to the average of 425 normally seen over a two-day period.

"The only way to save these people is for people like you and me and our family members to donate organs", said Dr. James Eason, "... and that can be either after death with your family's consent or it can be while your still alive with a living kidney or a living liver donation".

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She thinks the conversation around organ donations should begin in schools. According to Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), every three days someone will die without one.

In B.C., 363 people have registered their decisions online since Friday evening, a BC Transplant spokesperson said, compared to 59 registrations over the weekend of March 24 and 25, which is more typical.

April is Donate Life Month, and today is Donate Life Day, with a push to encourage organ donations. "This news will give hope to the desperately ill people who are waiting for that lifesaving phone call".

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Roman Catholic bishop Paul Mason has said plans for an opt-out system "undermine the concept of donation as a gift, and cross the line of what is a reasonable action for the state to take in relation to the individuals within it".

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