In the wake of the tragedy that hit Humboldt last weekend there's been something good that inspired thousands of Canadians to take action.
The "Logan Boulet" effect has swept across the country. In a normal 2 day period, Alberta Health Services will see an average of 400 people register to become an organ donor. But, in only two days after Logan Boulet's organs were donated to people in need, Alberta Health Services saw 3,000 people sign up to become organ donors.
"We see three different groups. The first is the potential donor. They have either registered with their intent to donate, or have spoken with their family about their wishes for organ donation. If there is an opportunity for them to become an organ donor then we are certainly respecting their wishes for organ donation," explains Ryan Baht, Donor Coordinator with the Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program.
Logan Boulet had signed his organ donation card, and expressed his wishes to his family just weeks before the tragic accident. The number of people that have registered to become organ donors in the last week has reached over 10,000 in Alberta alone.
"The second group that we see is the families that we meet to discuss the options of organ donation. Obviously they are grieving the loss of their loved one, and in some ways it is a silver lining in the passing of their loved one that they can see that they have left a legacy behind with saving other people's lives," said Baht.
The term "not all hero's wear capes" is a good term to remember when registering to become an organ donor.
"And then of course we talk about the organ recepients. Any one donor can donate up to six organs for the purpose of transplant, which do save lives for their intended recepient, so there are some huge benefits," advised Baht.
Anyone who is looking to become an organ donor, but you aren't sure how, follow the link.