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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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