CHARLES CITY — Almost two years ago, Charles City lost a child with promise. Monday, that child’s memory was ingrained in history.
Logan’s Law, named for Logan Luft, 15, who died after an ATV crash in July 2017, was signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds at the Charles City Middle School Gymnasium.
The law allows Iowa hunting and fishing licenses to have a spot designated for individuals to register their pledge to be an organ donor.
After his death, Logan’s tissue and bone donations went to 21 people in over seven states.
“He saved lives,” said his mother, Wendy Luft. “He didn’t save just one life, he saved five. He gave the gift of life to five different people.”
Reynolds signed the law with Rep. Todd Prichard D-Charles City, Sen. Waylon Brown, R-St. Ansgar, Logan Luft’s family and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg nearby.
The middle school gymnasium was full of classmates, students and residents, along with many city officials including police Chief Hugh Anderson and Mayor Dean Andrews.
After Reynolds signed the law the crowd gave a standing ovation.
“This past two years you have loved, uplifted and encouraged us in our journey. Today is Logan Luft day, a day we honor and celebrate a 15-year-old boy from Charles City, Iowa, who has officially changed the world,” said Wendy Luft. “We will share the importance of saving a life for the 600-plus Iowans who are currently waiting for an organ today.”
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Logan’s Law allows young people a chance to register themselves as donors, said Suzanne Conrad, chief executive of the Iowa Donor Network. “It’s less likely for a 14-year-old to be in front of a registry bureau, but through a hunting and fishing license you can.”