Buntport's Erin Rollman: Kidney donation starts "a beautiful chain"

by John Moore | Sep 16, 2013

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"I feel like I raised a gem," says Erin Rollman's mother, Georgianne. Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post.

By John Moore

Last Sunday, I wrote my final freelance piece for The Denver Post, my home off and on for the past 24 years. It was about Denver actor Erin Rollman, who just became just the fourth Coloradan this year to offer up a kidney for donation to a total stranger. Because Rollman signed up for a paired-donation program, her altruism set off a chain that already has saved three lives, including a young boy, and that number will grow.

Here's the story. It's one of my favorites among the many heartwarming stories members of the Colorado theater community have allowed me to tell.

<a href="photos.denverpost.com/2013/09/08/photos-erin-rollman-donating-a-kidney-to-a-stranger" target="_blank">And here's a link to a photo gallery </a>that goes with the story by The Denver Post's great photographer, Kathryn Scott Osler.

For more information on living donors, go to the <a href="http://www.kidneyregistry.org/" target="_blank">National Kidney Registry home page.</a>

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  1. Lucy Roucis | Sep 19, 2014
    What a beautiful thing! Erin, you take life to a whole new level... John, what a fitting topic for your last piece for the Post. Love you guys.

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    John Moore
    Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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