Logan Boulet, Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash Inspire Surge in Organ Donor Registration

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"That question would you like to register as an organ or tissue donor is a voluntary question", said Boger, who noted that the state Department of Public Health is now running a campaign educating people about organ and tissue donation.

They are encouraging citizens to register as organ and tissue donors when they obtain or renew a license at the registry, which officials with New England Donor Services said is overwhelmingly the most popular way to register.

Its Director warned, "we are concerned that making a legislative change based on poor evidence risks undermining public trust in the organ donation system, and could have serious consequences for rates of organ donation".

"The goal of the green ribbon campaign is to bring awareness to the fact that we need more donors, and how much good it does to be a donor", Kevin Allen, public affairs coordinator at Midwest Transplant Network, says.

Gavsie adds that one organ donor can save the lives of eight people.

"A record number of organ donors was seen in the United Kingdom last year, with the number of donors increasing by the most significant margin in 28 years".

The federally designated, nonprofit organ procurement organization hopes to raise awareness of the importance of registering to be an organ donor throughout the month of April through their Green Ribbon campaign.

"What makes Logan such a hero is that he actually took action", Gavsie said.

"The increase in donations and transplants is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors and their families".

LePage talked about Christopher, whose unexpected death on July 1, 2015, at age 30, saved the life of a 62-year-old man who was in desperate need of a liver. "We're there from the beginning of the process to as much as two years out or longer for families that want to keep in contact with us or want to come to events that honor those donors".

"My entire immediate family are organ donors", LePage said.

Manitoba donor physician Dr. Faisal Siddiqui said whenever stories like the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is covered by news media, it sways people who were contemplating donating to actually follow through.

"The only thing that gets in the way is procrastination", she said.

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