However, on Sunday, as Canada was reeling from the news of the horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of 15 people in Saskatchewan, details began to emerge about the organ donations of Humboldt Broncos player Logan Boulet.
His godfather, Neil Langevin, said Boulet had signed his donor card shortly after turning 21 in March.
"Registering to be a donor is connected to your health card", Cathy Weatherall, a registered nurse and organ and tissue co-ordinator for the TGLN at RVH, said.
Ontario's Trillium Gift of Life Network says it saw 182 new signups on Sunday, tripling the number recorded over the previous two weeks.
"These are figures that would make any country in the world proud", the organisation's Sally Johnson said, before adding that more donors are still needed.
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April is Donate Life Month, and today is Donate Life Day, with a push to encourage organ donations.
Lee Ellis, a 55-year-old dog walker in the Toronto area, said she had been thinking about becoming an organ donor for a while, but only got around to it this weekend after coming across a tweet encouraging others to follow Boulet's lead. The students share with me how the campaign became personal as Ashley Panahagahi has family members in need of organ donation.
"It's such an easy thing that everyone can try to do to help", Stokke, 25, said in a phone interview.
In Utah alone, there are around 800 people waiting to receive a transplant.
For the first year ever, more than 1,500 people in the United Kingdom donated their organs after they died, with the number rising by 11 percent over the previous year. He had made it known to his family that this was his wish, according to Langevin.
"The decision to donate organs is a powerful gift, made more poignant because it often happens at an incredibly hard time", said Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman.