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Success stories like Rod Carew’s credited for boost in Upper Midwest organ donors

Social media has helped spread stories — such as the donation by an ex-football player that resulted in a recent heart and kidney transplant for Minnesota baseball legend Rod Carew, shown with member of the donor’s family. Organ donations reached record levels in Minnesota and neighboring states in 2017 — as did the number of people willing to donate in the future, according to the LifeSource organ procurement agency. Decisions last year by 184 grieving…

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MLB legend Rod Carew discusses ‘the gift of time’ and the 2018 Rose Parade

For Mary and Ralf Reuland, the image of their son Konrad Reuland’s face appearing on this year’s Donate Life Rose Parade float is bittersweet. On one hand, it’s a reminder that Konrad is gone. On the other hand, it’s an opportunity to remember his generosity — and inspire viewers worldwide to designate their organs for donation. “Coming to these bigger events, it’s not like a dream world, it’s reality, and it hits us emotionally,” said…

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The father of Rod Carew’s heart throws the out the first pitch at Los Angeles Angels stadium.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rod Carew and Ralf Reuland stood together in front of the mound, sharing a cause and a vision — and very much a heart. Four months after Carew received the heart and kidney of former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, the 71-year-old watched as Reuland’s father, Ralf, threw out the first pitch at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night. “It’s very emotional, and a nice way to honor him,” Reuland said. Carew had…

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Rod Carew eyes bright future after heart, kidney transplants

The call came on Dec. 14. It reminded Rod Carew of a call that he received in January 1991, when he learned that he had been elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Only this was better. Much better. “Bigger than the Hall of Fame,” Carew said. After spending nearly a month on the transplant list, he would be getting a new heart and new kidney at age 71. The procedure took…

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