People are calling 21-year-old Logan Boulet a hero after finding out that the Humboldt Broncos assistant captain, who was killed in the bus crash that also claimed the lives of 14 of his teammates, will be donating all his vital organs to patients in need. Boulet’s godfather, Neil Langevin, shared on Facebook Saturday that the young man would be giving “the gift of life” to six people and was being kept on life support until doctors from the University of Alberta could come perform the transplants early Sunday morning.
Langevin shared that his godson had “made it known and very clear to his family, that he had signed his organ donor card when he turned 21 just a few weeks ago.” He also informed those interested that there were matches for all Boulet’s vital organs, “including one patient set to receive his heart and lungs” and that “his other organs will be donated to science as he requested.”
“He is a great hero and one of the nicest people you would have been lucky enough to meet,” Langevin shared.
“These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life for others, truly taught by [parents] Toby and Bernie.”
Online, people are lauding Boulet as a hero for his donations and thoughtfulness. His girlfriend posted a lengthy Facebook statement remembering their time together and also sharing the story of his organ donation. One Twitter user shared that her aunt was the recipient of one of Boulet’s kidneys, calling him her “auntie’s angel” and a “hero in [their] family.”
21 yr old Logan Boulet tragically passed away in the Humboldt Broncos collision. His family donated his organs & through his tragic death others survive. Logan Boulet and family are Canadian heroes. Families have futures because of him. Remember this smile #Hero #PrayForHumboldt pic.twitter.com/PbixTa7JD8
— Top Shelf Prospects™ (@BeyondBench) April 7, 2018
The Humboldt tragedy and Logan’s sacrifice have raised critical awareness of the need for organ donation. Agencies across Canada have reported a surge in registration since the tragedy. According to CBC, the number of registrations in Alberta over the weekend was more than double the numbers usually reported in the province over a two-day period.
Feeling sad & want to contribute in the wake of the #humboldtbroncos tragedy? Sign your organ donor card like the Broncos Logan Boulet did at 21. I signed mine years ago but it's never too late – or too soon. 😔
— Tom Harrington (@cbctom) April 8, 2018
Please, in honour of Hero Logan Boulet, take this moment to ensure your loved ones know your organ donation wishes. Let’s turn the live that Logan has saved into thousands more. #HumboldtStrong #PrayersForHumboldt https://t.co/9b5zJVxy7y
— adrienne ivey (@adrienneivey) April 8, 2018
Surveys suggest that 90 per cent of Canadians support the cause of organ donation, while only 20 per cent are actually registered. Sometimes all it takes is a push like this to make the move.
If you are considering organ donor registration, you can find more information and sign up at BeADonor.ca. Remember to also inform your family of your decision.