The last Friday of the month has sneaked up on me! But I had a wonderful story waiting, I just hadn't put it together yet for a post -- former Minnesota Twins infielder Rod Carew needed a heart and a young NFL player had one to give. I found this story at CNN.com.
Rod Carew likely doesn't remember the first time he interacted with Konrad Reuland.The story continues when Reuland's family discovers to whom his heart and kidney went. And Carew being Carew, met them. Carew's number in at the Minnesota Twins was 29. Konrad Reuland was 29 when he died.
It was the late 1990s and Reuland was a sixth-grader in Southern California.Almost 20 years later, they are forever together. Reuland was an organ donor; after he died in December, his heart and a kidney went to Carew, who desperately needed a heart.
You can find the full CNN.com story here, with photos, and a lot more heartwarming details. Because of Konrad Reuland's willingness to be an organ donor, and his generous spirit, Rod Carew has a second chance.