Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew to Be Joined by Father of Heart and Kidney Donor Konrad Reuland in First Pitch Ceremony April 25 at Angel Stadium
|Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew to Be Joined by Father of Heart and Kidney Donor Konrad Reuland in First Pitch Ceremony April 25 at Angel Stadium|
ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Baseball Hall of Famer and transplant recipient Rod Carew will participate in a special first-pitch ceremony before the Angels baseball game on Tuesday, April 25, against the Oakland Athletics as part of the nationwide celebration of Donate Life Month. Joining Carew for the ceremony and throwing out the first pitch will be Ralf Reuland, father of former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland whose generous heart and kidney donation gave Carew a second chance at life. Also joining them for the ceremony will be David Eckstein, former Angels World Series champion shortstop whose family has a deep connection with transplantation.
Konrad Reuland died of a brain aneurysm in December, and his heart and kidney were transplanted into Carew, who had been on a waiting list since his massive 2015 heart attack. More than 3,000 heart transplants are performed each year in the United States thanks to thoughtful donors who have given their permission for organ donation and the support of the their families. Still, at any given time, as many as 4,000 people are on a waiting list for a heart or heart-lung transplant; Carew and the Reulands hope their story will inspire others to become donors. Continue reading
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