Media Advisory-Fourth annual Green Shirt Day in honour of Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet encourages organ donation registration
Province of Saskatchewan recognized for support since devastating crash in April 2018
The family of Logan Boulet and Green Shirt Day National Partner, the Canadian Transplant Association will launch the annual Green Shirt Day in Regina. This event will recognize the support the Province of Saskatchewan has provided to Logan Boulet and his family, the Bronco family, the community of Humboldt and organ donor registration and awareness since that devastating day in April 2018.
On April 6, 2018, Canadians were heartbroken to hear the news of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Of the 29 passengers,16 lost their lives and 13 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 donated 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.
As news spread of the organ donation by this young hockey player, it is estimated that almost 150,000 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.
April 7, 2022, will be proclaimed as Green Shirt Day in Saskatchewan 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.
Honourable Paul Merriman – Minister of Health, MLA for Saskatoon Silverspring-Sutherland
Brandy Hehn – liver and kidney transplant recipient, Canadian Transplant Association
Dave Smith – Dave Smith, Past-President – Canadian Transplant Association and Kidney Transplant Recipient – 25 years
Suzanna D’Aprile, Manager, Community Development, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch
Harold Sokyrka, longest surviving kidney transplant recipient in Saskatchewan at 47 years, Canadian Transplant Association – Director Saskatchewan
Bernadine, and Toby Boulet, Logan Boulet’s family
Tracy Smith Director, Donor Relations Prairie Region Canadian Blood Services
WHEN: Monday, February 28, 2022, 10 – 11 a.m.
WHERE: Saskatchewan Legislative Building, Saskatchewan Gallery, First Floor 2405 Legislative Dr, Regina
About Green Shirt Day
The Canada-wide Green Shirt Day was created to remember the victims and families of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan in 2018. And, to continue Logan Boulet’s legacy by inspiring Canadians to register as organ donors and to talk to their families about their wishes.
On April 7, learning that he would not recover, Bernadine and Toby Boulet offered to donate their son, Logan Boulet’s organs. They did so because Logan had registered as an organ donor and had spoken to his parents about his wishes. His generous final act inspired almost 150,000 donor registrations across Canada shortly thereafter, which became known as the Logan Boulet Effect.
Green Shirt Day is led by the Boulet Family and Canadian Transplant Association, in partnership with Canada’s Organ and Tissue Donation Community, including key national partners Canadian Blood Services and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
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For a media interview with the Boulet Family please contact via:
Brenda Brown, President
Canadian Transplant Association
Canadian Blood Services Media Line
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Wendy Kudeba, National Director of Marketing & Communications
The Kidney Foundation of Canada