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Green Shirt Day, inspired by late Humboldt Bronco, inspires people to become organ donors

Last Updated Apr 7, 2021 at 10:30 am PDT

Green Shirt Day honours the memory of Logan Boulet who died in the Humboldt crash in 2018 and raise awareness for organ donations. His donation saved or improved the lives of six people. (Courtesy Green Shirt Day/Facebook)
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Green Shirt Day was inspired by Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet, who did not survive the 2018 bus crash

Logan Boulet registered to be an organ donor just weeks before he died; saved or improved lives of six people

BC Transplant says it only takes two minutes to register to be a donor

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.

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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.