Fort Collins woman sees donor brother give life in death

Coloradoan | Elle Mulder
Melanie Anderson of Fort Collins walks in the Parade of Lights last week in Denver to promote organ and tissue donation.(Photo: Courtesy of Garo Productions)

Melanie Anderson knows her brother Dirk’s death in a 2013 car accident has enabled a young boy to see.

She knows that a firefighter received a skin graft and several cancer patients have received bone marrow — all because her brother was an organ donor.

Melanie and Dirk’s parents have received letters, telling them about the various lives their son has saved.

“You can’t take the parts with you, and knowing that one person can have that kind of effect … it’s comforting to me,” Anderson said.

Anderson signed up to be an organ donor when she was 18, but it wasn’t until her brother’s death that the impact a donor can make became real to her.

“I felt it important to continue to memorialize him by getting involved in something that he was passionate about,” Anderson said. She volunteers with Donor Alliance, a federally designated nonprofit that facilitates organ donations in Colorado and Wyoming. Continue reading
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