How One Hockey Player's Choice To Be An Organ Donor Is Making A Difference In Canada

"All counted, six people will receive the gift of life from Logan."

A young hockey player who passed away after a recent bus crash in Canada is saving lives and inspiring people thanks to his decision, just weeks before his death, to be an organ donor. Logan Boulet was a player for the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team whose bus collided with a tractor-trailer last Friday. The death toll is now at 16, with others injured.

Boulet had recently signed an organ donor card upon turning 21 years old, and made this known to his family. Positive matches were reportedly found for six of his organs, while other organs will be donated to science. "He is giving new hope to at least six different people," his family said in a statement to Global News before he was taken off life support. "Even in his eventual passing, he will be a selfless hero."

Boulet's godfather, Neil Langevin, posted about the impact of the young athlete's decision on Facebook, writing, "These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life for others, truly taught and fostered by Toby and Bernie [his parents]."

The 21-year-old's selflessness may have made an even bigger difference beyond his own donation. Organ donor registration has reportedly skyrocketed in Canada over the weekend. In Alberta alone, nearly 900 people had registered by Monday, more than twice as many as usual in a two-day period, according to CBC News.

Twitter user Jeff Vallance posted confirmation of his registration, saying Boulet inspired him. "Took 4 minutes. You can do it as well," he wrote. As Upworthy points out, this increase can make a big difference, since only 20 percent of Canadians are registered as organ donors, while 4,500 people in the country wait for life-saving organs.

Boulet's life-saving decision isn't the only inspiring story to come out of this weekend's tragedy. Ryan Straschnitzki, an 18-year-old player for the Humboldt Broncos who was paralyzed from the chest down in the crash, has set his sights on winning gold in sled hockey, a Paralympic sport. "Straz is one of those guys that's going to be able to deal with it," his trainer Cody Thompson told CNN, explaining that he already wants to get back in the gym.

Public support for the team has also been inspiring. A GoFundMe campaign for families of those involved in the crash has so far raised more than $9 million, while social media users have been paying tribute to the team by leaving hockey sticks on their porches. NHL player Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, meanwhile, has arranged for signed photos and a signed jersey to be donated to the survivors. The Penguins also contributed $10,000 to the campaign.

You can make your own donation to the GoFundMe here.

Cover image: John-Alex / Shutterstock.com

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