Green Shirt Day hopes to inspire 100,000 Canadians to register as organ donors

This Friday (April 7) is Celtics Day in honor of one of the Humboldt Broncos bus crashes that killed 16 people and injured 13 others nearly five years ago killed players.

29 people, their families and the community were turned upside down when the Humboldt Broncos crashed in Saskatchewan on April 6, 2018, leaving 13 injured and 16 dead, including defenseman Logan Boulet .

Boulet died the next day, and his organs kept six lives alive.

In honor of Logan’s legacy, Celtics Day was created to “remember the victims and families of the fatal crash and to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation.”

This year, the group aims to inspire 100,000 people to register for organ and tissue donation.

“A conversation can save someone’s life, so I encourage everyone to have a conversation with their family,” Toby Boulet said. “Then register as an organ donor in your province. Join this movement for hope – the movement for life – so others can continue to spend more precious time with their families.”

In Canada, approximately 250 people die each year while waiting for an organ transplant, and more than 4,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

The fifth annual Green Shirt Day event is spearheaded by the Boulet family and the Canadian Transplant Society, in partnership with many other organizations in the Canadian tissue donation community.

This year’s shirt was designed by Brandy Hehn, a two-time organ transplant recipient from Regina. The jersey commemorates Boulets’ ongoing efforts to raise awareness and features 29 gold stars – one representing the 16 killed and 13 injured.

Celtics Day is followed by National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, which is in its 26th year, April 23-29.

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