She’s reminding those signing up to be organ donors

Logan Boulet’s legacy will last generations

Ruparell was the recipient of the kidney that she has now had for 26 years. She’s reminding those signing up to be organ donors to talk to their families and make their wishes known. KERIANNE SPROULE/POSTMEDIA

Article Sidebar Share CloseShare this Story: Corbella: Logan Boulet’s legacy will last generations Copy Link Email Facebook Twitter Reddit Pinterest LinkedIn TumblrArticle contentBhavini Ruparell can’t get Logan Boulet and his family out of her mind not that she wants to.

## ## The 53 year old mother of two daughters says news that the 21 year old Humboldt Broncos defenceman was kept on life support by his grieving family for one day in order to have his organs harvested according to his wishes, fills her with a sense of awe and gratitude.

Boulet, who is from Lethbridge, was killed after his Saskatchewan Junior A hockey team’s bus collided with a semi trailer just outside of Tisdale last Friday, killing 16 people and injuring 13 others on the bus.

It has been reported that six people have been given a new chance at life after receiving the organs from Boulet, who signed his organ donor card when he turned 21 on March 2 and told his parents, Bernadine and Toby, of his wishes.

Article content continued”I would love to give big hugs to the families who actually respected their sons’ wishes and said, ‘yes, this is what he wanted and this is what we are going to do,’ ” said Ruparell, who added that a 15 year old girl also received one of her donor’s kidneys.

This past weekend struck Ruparell hard. Not only is she an organ recipient, but her 17 year old daughter, Jay, was competing for the Junior Dinos under 17 volleyball team in Edmonton and had travelled there on a team bus.

“I would say (to those families) you have done the biggest honour in his name,” she said, breaking down in tears. “And the fact that the momentum has taken off because of what this family did is something that lots of people in the future are going to benefit from by being the recipient of donors having this conversation.”Story continues below

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