Saturday, April 29, 2017

Giving Heart for a Second Chance #WATWB

Here is my second installment for the #We are the World Blogfest!  The last Friday of every month a group of bloggers spread some peace, love, and positive thinking about humanity by sharing stories of the best of humanity. This month's blogfest is hosted by Belinda Witzenhausen, Inderpreet Uppal, Mary Giese, Peter Nena, and Simon Falk. Visit their blogs to learn more!

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

Rod Carew likely doesn't remember the first time he interacted with Konrad Reuland.
It was the late 1990s and Reuland was a sixth-grader in Southern California.
Reuland told his mother one day, 'Mom, I met Rod Carew today!" the Orange County Register reported.
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.
 The story continues when Reuland's family discovers to whom his heart and kidney went. And Carew being Carew, met them. Carew's number at the Minnesota Twins was 29. Konrad Reuland was 29 when he died.

You can find the full 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.


Mary Giese said...

This is a wonderfully heartwarming story of organ donation. While it's sad that this young man had to die, what better place for his heart to end up than in the man he admired? Thanks for sharing your story and participating in #WATWB. Hope to see you again in May!

BWitzenhausen said...

What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing this! #WATWB

Damyanti said...

Organ donation is such a great way to continue and renew life for others. Thanks for sharing this.

Lynn Hallbrooks said...

Wow, I love that the two separate families now feel as though they are now a part of each other's family. ~ fellow #WATWB member

Simon Falk said...

Nina, thanks for this post. Not only is the story a warming one, I love your turn of phrase about needing a heart and having one to give. While month two may have crept up on you, you managed it with a flourish. Thanks so much for being part of of blogfest :) Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

Susan Scott said...

an extraordinary story - Reuland lives on!

Deborah Weber said...

What an amazing and beautiful story - I got chills reading about it.