ROD CAREW IS AN INSPIRATION ON AND OFF THE BALLFIELD

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The opening of another baseball season is always a magnificent time of hope and renewal. Anything is possible regardless where your favorite team finished the previous season in early October. After all, until that first game is in the record books, all teams are World Series hopefuls and tied for first at 0-0. And as April, oh so grudgingly this year, hopefully gives way to some seasonally warmer temperatures in May, and then as each…

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

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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

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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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Baseball great Rod Carew thankful for advancements in care

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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

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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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