Green Shirt Day

Written by Preston Miller

Logan’s Story

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos bus crash sent shockwaves across Canada, leaving the nation to mourn the loss of sixteen lives and grappling with the physical and emotional scars of thirteen survivors. Amidst this heartbreak, the story of Logan Boulet emerged as a beacon of hope. Logan, a defenseman for the Humboldt Broncos, tragically succumbed to his injuries a day following the crash. Inspired by his mentor, Ric Suggitt, he had previously registered as an organ donor, a decision that led to the preservation of six lives. This selfless act catalyzed the “Logan Boulet Effect,” significantly boosting organ donor registration nationwide (Green Shirt Day, n.d.).

On April 7, Green Shirt Day commemorates Logan’s memory and the victims of the crash while simultaneously underscoring the critical need for organ donors. This day symbolizes hope and the life-affirming potential of organ donation. Inspired by Logan’s story, nearly 150,000 Canadians registered as organ donors soon after the tragedy, marking an unprecedented surge in registrations due to a single event (Green Shirt Day, n.d.).

Green Shirt Day transcends mere remembrance, serving as a vivid reminder of the life-saving potential of organ donation. Despite the widespread support for organ donation among Canadians, a notable gap exists between those supporting it and those formally registered. Green Shirt Day seeks to bridge this gap, encouraging open dialogue and proactive steps within families and communities (Green Shirt Day, n.d.).

The City of Lethbridge’s ongoing recognition of April 7 as Green Shirt Day underscores Logan’s profound and enduring impact. Mayor Blaine Hyggen’s annual commitment to this cause mirrors the community’s determination to perpetuate Logan’s life-saving legacy through organ donation (City of Lethbridge, 2024).

As Green Shirt Day nears, we’re reminded of the extraordinary influence of individual choices. Logan Boulet’s legacy exemplifies the profound impact one person can have, motivating us to initiate meaningful conversations about organ donation and to take action by registering our intent. Wearing green on this day serves as a homage to those lost in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. It stands as a gesture of solidarity with those awaiting organ transplants, reinforcing a legacy of hope and renewal.

For those with the guts to participate in this vital initiative, the official Green Shirt Day website provides resources for registering as an organ donor in Canada. Let’s wear our green with pride, engage in these crucial conversations, and remember that we are “Together Strong.”

Get Involved

Green Shirt Day offers various ways to engage (greenshirtday.ca/be-inspired), inviting everyone to contribute to this life-saving cause. Here’s how you can make a tangible impact:

  • Register as an Organ Donor: Choose to save lives by becoming an organ donor and discuss your decision with your family: greenshirtday.ca/register 
  • Become a Green Shirt Day Ambassador: Spread awareness and encourage participation by hosting events.
  • Share Your Story: Inspire others by sharing your journey as a registered donor on social media.
  • Organize Registration Drives: Increase organ donor registrations by mobilizing your community online and in person.
  • Involve Schools and Businesses: Urge educational institutions and workplaces to join the awareness efforts.
  • Illuminate in Green: Use green lights to light up your environment, promoting awareness through visual support.
  • Wear Green Proudly: Demonstrate your support by wearing green on Green Shirt Day and sharing the significance of organ donation with you.
  • Support Through Merchandise: Aid organ donation awareness by purchasing official merchandise.

Participating in these activities keeps the conversation about organ donation vibrant, propelling forward the legacy of hope Logan Boulet has left us. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those waiting for a transplant. Join us in donning green and taking action on Green Shirt Day. For more information on how to get involved, visit https://greenshirtday.ca 

References

City of Lethbridge. 2024. “Council Again Declares April 7 as Green Shirt Day.” News. Last modified March 26, 2024. https://www.lethbridge.ca/news/posts/council-again-declares-april-7-as-green-shirt-day/.

Green Shirt Day. n.d. “About.” Accessed April 6, 2024. https://greenshirtday.ca/about/.

Green Shirt Day. n.d. “Be Inspired to Inspire.” Accessed April 6, 2024. https://greenshirtday.ca/be-inspired/.

Green Shirt Day. n.d. “Register through Your Provincial Organ & Tissue Donor Registry.” Accessed April 6, 2024. https://greenshirtday.ca/register/.

Additional Sources: 

Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit organization responsible for managing the supply of blood, blood products, and stem cells for all provinces and territories in Canada, except Quebec (which is served by Héma-Québec). Learn more about it here: About us at Canadian Blood Services 

For those affected by the tragedy or touched by the topic of organ donation, finding support is crucial. Including links to grief support resources or hotlines can offer essential help and guidance. These resources provide a space for individuals to seek comfort, understand their feelings, and navigate their grief with the assistance of trained professionals: 

The Meliorist recognizes that the decision to register as an organ donor is a deeply personal one, potentially influenced by a range of factors including cultural, religious, and individual beliefs. We encourage open and respectful conversations within families and communities about this decision.

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