My name is Scott Thompson and I’m now an organ donor. Well, not yet, as my daughter reminds me. But some day.
Hopefully, later rather than sooner. I’d like to put a few more years on my organs before handing them over.
When I was much younger, you could become a future organ donor by filling out the necessary info on the back of your driver’s license.
That system was updated years ago and now requires you to sign up online at beadonor.ca, which most haven’t done.
After the tragic accident in Humboldt, Sask., and hearing the inspiring story of Logan Boulet, 21, from Lethbridge Alta., an organ donor who in death helped provide a better life to six others, I felt compelled to do something.
Since I would sign my licence in the old days, it was time to step up and make it official.
While I was interviewing Ronnie Gavsie, chief executive of Trillium Gift of Life network on the show, I felt compelled to at least check out the website she was promoting to see how easy it was to use.
She was commenting on the rise in donation registration since the accident. By the time the interview was over, I had signed up. I needed was my health card and birth date.
It felt amazing, especially considering how close to home this tragedy struck for every Canadian.
It’s too bad it takes something like the loss, and giving, of young Logan Boulet, (and the rest) to get our attention.
Be a donor for Humboldt.
Scott Thompson hosts The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.
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