Click Here To Register To Become An Organ Donor
April is organ donation month and April 6th marks the one year anniversary of the Humbolt Broncos bus crash. Over 90% of people support organ donation, yet just a little over 40% of Muskokans are registered to become donors (23% nationally).
On April 7th a player with the Broncos, Logan Boulet died in hospital.
Logan Boulet was in his third season as a defenceman with the Humboldt Broncos when he died the day after the horrific bus crash that occurred on April 6th. Just weeks before the crash, Logan told his parents of his desire to donate his organs. After the crash, Boulet, was declared brain dead, and his organs helped save six lives. 250 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant. Thousands are still waiting for a life-saving organ donation. You can help by helping keep the "Logan Boulet Effect" alive, by registering to become an organ donor. Click here
Today, in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. This is their only treatment option, and every 3 days someone will die because they did not get their transplant in time.
But you can help. When you register your consent for organ and tissue donation, you let those waiting know that you would help them if you could.
- One donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of up to 75 more through the gift of tissue.
- Age alone does not disqualify someone from becoming a donor. The oldest organ donor was over 90 and the oldest tissue donor was over 100. There’s always potential to be a donor; it shouldn’t stop you from registering.
- Your current or past medical history does not prevent you from registering to be a donor. Individuals with serious illnesses can, sometimes, be organ and/or tissue donors. Each potential donor is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- All major religions support organ and tissue donation, or respect an individual’s choice.
- Organ and tissue donation does not impact funeral plans. An open casket funeral is possible.
- Register your consent for organ and tissue donation and talk to your family about your wishes.
Q: If I am registered, will doctors still try to save my life?
A: Yes, organ and tissue donation is considered only after all life-saving efforts have failed and it is certain you will not survive.
Q: Will my family need to give permission even if I am a registered organ & tissue donor?
A: Yes, talk to your family about organ and tissue donation and discuss your wishes. Register your intent to become a donor by signing up to your provincial organ and tissue donation registry, where available, or ensure your loved ones know of your wishes.
Q: If I am not able to donate blood, can I become an organ and tissue donor?
A: Yes, potential donors who are not eligible to donate blood may still be eligible for organ or tissue donation. So please register your donation wishes. The medical team will assess donation suitability at the time of death.
Q: At what age am I too old to donate?
A: Age is not necessarily a factor – Canada’s oldest organ donor was 93 years old.
Q: If I’m not suitable as an organ donor can I still donate my tissue?
A: Yes, tissue donation is possible for nearly everyone. Tissues need to be removed within 24 hours after death. Tissue donation may be an option even when organ donation is not possible
Q: Is there a cost to my family for me to become an organ donor?
A: There is no cost to your family or estate if you donate organs or tissues.
Q: If I become an organ or tissue donor, can I still have an open casket funeral?
A: Yes, most of the time, there is no way to tell that a person was an organ or tissue donor and so an open casket funeral is possible. The surgery to remove organs and tissues is done with the same care as any other surgery.
Q: Does my religion allow me to be an organ & tissue donor?
A: Most religions respect a person’s right to make a decision about organ and tissue donation as an act of life-saving. Talk to your spiritual advisor.
Listen to our full interview with Logan Boulet's father Toby Boulet: