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Baseball great Rod Carew thankful for advancements in care

LAGUNA NIGUEL, California – A secret to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s success as a hitter was how hard he studied. He kept a notebook detailing every pitch he saw from every pitcher and looked it over before every at-bat. So Carew appreciates people who go the extra mile to be skilled at their craft. Especially when those people helped him survive heart disease. Carew has overcome a heart attack so lethal it’s often…

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Rod Carew’s Return to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – When you’ve received a new heart and a new chance at life – and come away with an expanded platform for your message about saving more lives – every day is special. Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew is fresh off one of his very best days since his heart transplant because of where he spent it: at the home of his beloved Minnesota Twins. The organization and its fans showed their love…

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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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Baseball great Rod Carew on heart-kidney donor Konrad Reuland: ‘I’ve got a great partner’

Rod Carew holds a photo of his heart and kidney donor Konrad Reuland at a news conference Tuesday, alongside (from left) Austin Reuland, Mary Reuland and Rhonda Carew. ENCINO, California – As a ballplayer, Rod Carew understood the importance of being a good teammate. Now that he’s carrying someone else’s heart and kidney, he’s a teammate of a wildly different sort. Still, many of the same rules apply, such as doing what’s best for the…

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Baseball great Rod Carew’s new heart, kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland

Baseball great Rod Carew’s new heart, kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer and recent transplant recipient Rod Carew now knows whose heart and kidney are keeping him alive: Konrad Reuland, an NFL tight end who died following a ruptured brain aneurysm. Photo courtesy New York Jets This is believed to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes, yet that’s…

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