Apr
3
2019

Green shirt day promotes organ and tissue donation

In honour of “The Logan Boulet Effect” and to raise awareness on the importance of organ and tissue donation, Green Shirt Day will be recognized on April 7and 8 across Prince Edward Island.

All Islanders are encouraged to wear a green shirt on April 7 and 8 and register to be a donor at Make it Zero.

Many will recall the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that occurred last year on April 6, 2018. Sixteen people were killed and thirteen injured when a bus and semi-trailer truck collided near Armley, Saskatchewan. Most of the dead and injured were players from the Humboldt Broncos, a junior ice hockey team that plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. 

On April 7, 2018,  Humboldt player, Logan Boulet succumbed to his injuries and his parents offered to donate his organs so that six lives could be saved.

Logan had told  his parents about his wish to be an organ donor after he was inspired by one of his coaches, Ric Suggit, who became an organ donor the year before.

As news spread of the young hockey player’s organ donation, over 100,000 Canadians registered to become organ donors in the days and weeks that followed. To date, this is the largest number of Canadians registering to become organ donors in Canadian history and became known across Canada as the “Logan Boulet Effect.” 

This year’s inaugural Green Shirt Day honours all of the victims and families of that fatal crash, and aims to increase awareness about organ and tissue donation.

For more information, visit Green Shirt Day.

To register or to learn more about becoming donor in PEI, Make it Zero.

Media Contact:
Autumn Tremere
Health and Wellness
(902) 368-5610
agtremere@gov.pe.ca 

Backgrounder

Frequently Asked Questions 

What organs and tissue can be donated in Canada? 
Organs that can be donated include the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small bowel; tissues include corneas, bones, skin, and heart valves. 

Does my age, medical condition, or sexual orientation prevent me from being a donor? 
Everyone is a potential donor regardless of age, medical condition or sexual orientation. In fact, the oldest Canadian organ donor was 92. Even individuals with serious illnesses can sometimes be donors. Your decision to register should not be based on whether you think you would be eligible or not. All potential donors are evaluated on an individual, medical, case-by-case basis. 

Can my family overrule my decision to donate? 
There are a number of reasons families override their loved ones wishes. Misinformation about organ donation, discomfort or unwillingness to talk about death leaves the difficult decision to families who may be unprepared to choose organ donation when the time comes. 

Making that important decision to donate is the first step to saving lives. Canadians can register their intent to become a donor by signing up to their provincial organ and tissue donation registry. To prevent family override, we encourage Canadians to talk to their families about their organ donation wishes. 

Why should I register as an organ and tissue donor? 
By registering consent for organ and tissue donation, you give hope to the thousands of Canadians waiting for a transplant. Individuals on the transplant wait list are suffering and without the generous gift of life from an organ donor, they will die. Tissue donors can also enhance the lives of recovering burn victims, help restore sight, and allow people to walk again. Transplants not only save lives, they return recipients to productive lives. 

Will doctors still work hard to save a patient who is registered donor? 
The first and foremost concern for health care professionals caring for critically ill patients is to do everything possible to save lives. The possibility of donation is considered only when all lifesaving efforts have failed. 

What is involved in the organ donation process and how long will donation take? 
Once consent is given by the legal next-of-kin, medical tests are completed to determine what organs and tissues are suitable for transplant. The organs are then matched with someone on the transplant wait list and surgery takes place in an operating room at the hospital. The entire donation process, from the time the family agrees to move forward with donation to recovery, takes about 24 to 48 hours to complete. 

Who will receive my organs? 
Each province’s organ donation program will work with the transplant centre to match the donor to an individual(s) on the wait list. Medical urgency, blood type/group, the size of the organ, and the relative distance (of a prospective match) are among the factors involved in the organ allocation process. 

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

healthweb@gov.pe.ca