It has been one year since the devastating Humbolt Bus crash and it will never be forgotten or taken lightly. But there was a light in the darkness of the event, as Broncos player Logan Boulet saved six lives by donating his organs after succumbing to his injuries.
The "Logan Boulet Effect" took off and persuaded over 100,000 people to sign up as organ donors. Green Shirt Day was created to honour the victims of the Humbolt Bronco crash, and to spread awareness about organ donation.
Drumheller Valley Secondary School participated in the event on Monday, April 8th and one teacher was particularly moved by the support.
Teacher Dawn Sullivan remembers the tragic day well, as do all of the students.
"It's a historic event in Canada because we've never had a bus accident or a crash of that impact on, not only Canadian society but worldwide," said Sullivan.
Sullivan was part of the representation, by wearing green. She explained that someone's life can be turned around with the unselfish act of donating organs.
"The Logan Boulet Effect," explained Sullivan, "The conversation he had with his dad, he was inspired by a coach who had passed away and was an organ donor. So, he became an organ donor. His act enabled 6 people to live."
Sullivan's summary of the Logan Boulet Effect was perfectly said.
"Organ donation, when you're given new organs, your life changes because of somebody's act, in the final act."
Sullivan went on the say that her sister is a nurse in Lethbridge and harvests eyes from organ donors. Sullivan has had many conversations with her sister about seeing the difference that the gift of sight can have on not only the recipient but their family as well.
If you are interested in learning more about Green Shirt Day and how you can make a difference, click here.