Former Akron Resident Celebrates Brother's Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Akron News-Reporter 
Melanie Anderson is shown with the shirt she wore while walking in the Parade of Lights in Denver.

Akron native Melanie Anderson says it seems like just yesterday that her brother Dirk Anderson was a mischievous little boy who loved playing pranks on his siblings, once even gluing her dresser drawers shut for a laugh.

Tragically, at just 29-years-old, Dirk's life was cut short after an accidental fall. 

Following his death, Dirk became a tissue and eye donor. On December 4, Melanie marched in Denver's 9NEWS Parade of Lights, helping to escort the Donate Life Colorado "Gift of Life" float, which is a jumbo balloon in the shape of a gift box, honoring those who have donated organs, eyes and tissue, and representing the hope made possible by donation. 

Melanie marched in memory of her brother and to honor him for the generous gifts of life he was able to give to others in his death as an eye and tissue donor. "I am very proud of the choice my brother made, knowing that when he lost his life at the age of 29, he gave new hope for life to so many others," said Melanie. "There is nothing we could have done to bring him back. In a time of absolute tragedy for my family, we were beyond grateful to know that Dirk would live on through the lives of those he healed." Melanie has become so inspired by seeing the impact of Dirk's gifts of life that she has become a passionate advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation. Continue reading
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