One donor's story: Melody Gulman

  • Collbran, CO
  • Organ
  • Living Donor: 2001

I am an active woman that loves to paint, make pottery and photograph the wonderful wildlife of the Colorado mountains.
I was born in Nevada but grew up in Minnesota. After graduating from school I headed west,raised 3 beautiful daughters, and spent the majority of my career as a prison guard!
My father was a Railroad engineer and left me loving anything to do with trains, especially old steam engines. He left me an impressive collection of all things HO gauge and I actually put an addition on my home to set it up!
I find the beach to be my refuge and can think of no other place I’d rather go on vacation.

Family is one of the most important things in life to me. I have 3 daughters, 9 grandsons,1 great grandson and one on the way!
I am actively involved in helping to raise 2 of my grandsons, one is now a college senior in Denver, in ROTC and a member of the US Army. The other grandson I help care for has Autism and I am involved in advocating for him and others like him.

My younger sister suffered with brittle juvenile diabetes starting at age 5. I watched her battle it her entire life from seizures to many days each year in the hospital trying to stabilize it. When the diabetes took it’s toll on her kidneys and she was on dialysis I was proud to be healthy enough to donate one of my kidneys to her. She improved so quickly it was amazing and the kidney gave her another 10 years to be with us!

Melody Gulman