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Noah Dugas helping others through organ donations

'There is no greater gift that Noah can give than the gift of life to others'
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Photo courtesy Tom Martineau

It's not an easy conversation to be had as no words can take the sadness away from the Dugas family. 

The 13-year-old hockey player passed away due to a stroke at a rehabilitation centre in the GTA on Friday.  

But Glen Gravelle, Noah's uncle says multiple people will be benefitting from his organ donations.  

"There is no greater gift that Noah can give than the gift of life to others," said Gravelle. 

"For us, we see that Noah can live on in a way through others. He has changed the lives of seven other individuals and there is no greater honour than that. Seven other families got some good news that day and we are grateful for that opportunity that can be done because of Noah.".  

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At city council on Monday night, they held a moment of silence to honour Noah. 

For Mayor Al McDonald, Noah's passing has a personal connection. His grandson Briir was close friends with Noah and they had played hockey together for years.  

“He made an impact on our city and across the North American hockey community. The outpouring of support he received was something he felt and gave him strength. Noah’s battle made him a hero to many and an inspiration to individuals of all ages,” noted McDonald before the council meeting.  

“He will always be remembered for his gentle way and his smile. He was such a great kid. Noah had an impact on our family and our whole community. God speed Noah number 71.”

Despite the tragedy, Gravelle says the family is overwhelmed by the support from around the local community and well beyond. 

"We can't thank and talk about the love and support from the community enough," said Gravelle. 

"It is very important to thank everyone in that sense as well. The amount of support has been just awesome."  

With files from CKAT  

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