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 defenseman, 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.
Green Shirt Day, hopes to honour, remember, and recognize all the victims and families of that fatal crash, and to continue Logan’s legacy, by inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors. Kailynn Bursic Panchuck was one of these individuals and following her fatal accident, her organ donation saved many lives.
In Canada, almost 90% of Canadians say they support organ donation, but only 23% have actually registered their intent to donate. Though donation rates have improved over the last ten years, there is more to be done as approximately 250 Canadians die annually waiting for an organ transplant.
Here at WCS we will honour and remember those who have lost their lives and have decided to become organ donors. On Monday April 8th, we would like all students in our school to wear green and bring awareness to organ donation. Wear anything green you have in your closet to show support and celebrate the Logan Boulet effect.
The city of Weyburn and many community and area businesses will also be wearing green in support of this day.
If students, staff, or parents would like more information they can visit https://greenshirtday.ca/