Six people will be given the gift of life thanks to Logan Boulet.
The 21-year-old from Lethbridge, Alta., was one of the 15 people killed this past weekend when the Humboldt Broncos’ bus collided with a semi on a rural highway near Nipawin. Boulet signed an organ donor card just a weeks prior to the crash, and now six recipients will have the opportunity of a new life thanks to Boulet, who has been on life support since Friday’s crash.
“These actions alone give the voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life for others,” wrote Boulet’s godfather Neil Langevin.
It’s heartwarming stories like these that need to be shared. Everyone has a story.
Local media, and now international media, have helped to share these stories. Parents and relatives, brothers and sisters of those who died should be encouraged to share anecdotes and memories of their loved ones.
This is how we connect with the thousands of grieving friends and family. This is how a bus crash on a highway takes on a more personal meaning, one of community involvement and sportsmanship. This is how we get to know the victims of this unimaginable tragedy.
These junior hockey players routinely watched ‘The Bachelor’, according to billet families in Humboldt, and made bets on which women would be successful in the reality TV series. They helped with food drives in the city, visited local schools and senior centres. They shovelled snow-covered driveways and organized fundraising events for young children in their billet families.
These kids were more than just hockey players in a rural Saskatchewan community. They were inspirational heros to children, some were students and all were sons to heartbroken parents and billet parents.
Anyone who has ever rode a bus as an athlete or as a coach can relate to this story. Any parent who has a son or daughter who rides a bus to sporting events or for band or choir performances can relate. It’s a story that hits home for a lot of people.
The sports community is extremely tight knit. Athletes from across the world have shared their messages or sorrow for Humboldt – Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays and Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds wrote messages on their uniforms. NHL teams wore the Broncos team name on their backs during a game on Saturday, and coaches from the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames visited survivors in a Saskatoon hospital.
No doubt, this remarkably sad story has impacted a city, a province, a country and different parts of the world. It is stories like Logan Boulet’s and countless others about his teammates and coaches that help shed a light on who these people were.
The Humboldt Broncos are more than just a hockey team. We know this because of the stories that are being shared.