Monday, 16 April 2018

Humboldt Broncos, Logan Boulet - Inspiring Thousands to Sign Up to Become a Donor

Logan's inspiring story shines a light on National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, which happens to be this week.

Of all the stories that came out of Humboldt since April the 6th,  Logan Boulet's touched me the most.
 

Logan Boulet, one of the Humboldt Broncos victims, signed up to be a donor just two weeks before the tragic accident; and made sure his family knew about his wish. His family honoured this wish and six people benefited.

This story has touched many deeply, so much so, that people signing up to become organ donors has spiked considerably in a number of provinces, including right here in Manitoba. You can read more on that here.

Last year found me on a wait list for fourteen months, so this story has special significance for me. Organ and tissue donation, is near and dear to my heart, as someone made it possible for me to receive a cornea, which has restored the vision in my right eye! (For more of my story, click here.)

Although I never knew my donor, that person has a place in my heart, and always will. I don't think it's possible to be a recipient and forget about the donor. Many times I find myself thinking about that donor. I wonder what she/he was like... Home? Family?... It's true, I don't know anything about that person, but I know this: vital parts of  him/her live on and touch the recipients on a daily basis: My donor, like so many others, was a person with a kind and thoughtful heart, one who chose to give people on wait lists hope, improved vision and/or a new lease on life. I was one of those people. For that I will always be grateful.

If you have not signed up to become a donor, please give it some serious thought.

 "Without the organ donor, there is no story, no hope, no transplant. But when there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope and a terrible loss becomes a gift." - UNOS 


 

2 comments:

  1. This is very touching, and motivating. I had missed the story of your cornea transplant. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Melodie! I believe it's stories like Logan's helps us through tough times.

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