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Manitoba appears to be on track to reach its goal of 30,000 organ and tissue donors signed up online by the end of the month.

In the week that followed the tragic crash in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus, more than 4,500 Manitobans signed up to be organ and tissue donors at signupforlife.ca. This past weekend, another 1,400 signed up, according to Transplant Manitoba. The online registry is at 29,000 people as of 10 this morning. Last Friday, the province announced it wanted to reach 30,000 by April 30th.

21-year-old Logan Boulet, a Humboldt Bronco player from Lethbridge, Alberta, and one of 16 people to die in the April 6th collision north of Tisdale, is being credited for inspiring others to become organ donors. Boulet had signed up a few weeks ago, on his birthday. Boulet's organs were to go to six different people, and science.

A press conference was held last Friday at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre to acknowledge the record numbers of donor sign ups. Reg Helwer, MLA for Brandon West and chair of Manitoba's Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force, was there on behalf of health minister Kelvin Goertzen.

"The great people here at Transplant Manitoba are in awe, I am in awe, and I hope you are as well," said Helwer.

Manitoba's online organ and tissue registry launched in 2012. Helwer says those who still have an old blue donor card will have their wishes honoured, but that's provided it can be found.

"We know that there are more people in Manitoba that carry the old blue donor card and what we've been encouraging them to do for the past several years is to go to (signupforlife.ca) to make it an electronic record," said Helwer after the press conference. He also says people are encouraged to discuss their wishes with their loved ones.

April 22-28 is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week.

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