VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you aren’t registered to be an organ donor, you’re being reminded about the option on Wednesday, which is Green Shirt Day.
The inspiration for the day came after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April, 2018.
“Logan Boulet was one of the players that didn’t survive. He’d registered to be an organ donor just weeks before and had spoken to his father about a year earlier about his wishes,” Ed Ferre with BC Transplant said.
“On April 7, he was able to save or improve the lives of six people through organ and tissue donation,” Ferre added.
Boulet inspired thousands of people to sign up to do the same.
“During April in 2018, we saw nearly 7,000 people register,” Ferre explained, noting that spike was about 10 times the average monthly registration rate, and the trend continues on an annual basis.
“Last year, we had again over 7,000 people register as organ donors during the month of April,” he said.
British Columbians are encouraged to wear a green shirt or hockey jersey. You may also see green buildings around town on Wednesday.
“BC Place, the Canada Place sails, the Olympic Cauldron, the BC Legislature, and a number of city halls around the Lower Mainland,” Ferre listed.
He says it only takes two minutes to register to be a donor.