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Humboldt Bronco father asks Saskatchewan to unite again and get vaccinated

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A day after the SHA announced its halting organ transplants because its overwhelmed by COVID-19, the father of Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet urged people to get vaccinated – Sep 24, 2021

Toby Boulet, the father of former Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet, is asking Saskatchewan residents to come together, like how they did after the 2018 crash, and get vaccinated.

“If you can think of what happened with the Humboldt Broncos tragedy and what you did and how you responded, how your love went out to the families of the Broncos and the families and the community of Humboldt… we need you now to help other families, other people,” he said in an interview with Global News.

Saskatchewan’s health-care system is so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients – the vast majority of which are unvaccinated – the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced Thursday its shutting down some services.

Read more: Green Shirt Day 2021 shows Saskatchewan organ donations on the rise

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That includes organ donations.

Toby said he worries what will happen to his son’s legacy.

“Organ transplants are a critical service and the fact that they’re being shut down is devastating and there will be loss of life because of the decisions of some,” he said, speaking from Lethbridge, Alta.

Logan was one of the 16 people who died as a result of the Broncos bus crash on April 6, 2018.

Just weeks earlier he became an organ donor. After the crash, his organs were donated to six people.

It sparked a movement called the Logan Boulet Effect, where people across the country signed up to donate.

On Thursday, the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced it’s halting organ donations because it is so overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.

“The suspension, whatever they want to call it, of organ transplants in Saskatchewan, to myself, to my wife, to my daughter, to her family, it’s horrendous news because it’s going to affect the long-term success of Green Shirt Day,” he said, referencing the annual day to celebrate the Logan Boulet Effect.

When he said the “decisions of some” are to blame, he means those who aren’t vaccinated.

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“I firmly believe it’s the selfishness of people that don’t see the community as being first,” he said.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about the team. And the team needs you right now.”

He urges everyone to get vaccinated.

Read more: The ‘Logan Boulet effect’: Humboldt Broncos player’s family feels pride, heartbreak in wake of tragic death

He just received his third dose shortly before the interview.

He qualifies for a third dose because of his age and because he received a dose of AstraZeneca.

He also has another message, for health-care workers.

“We’re with you,” he said, fighting back emotion.

“As much as the health-care community of Saskatchewan was with our family and all the families of the Broncos on April 6th and the weeks and months and years after, we’re still with you. We support you.

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