MLB legend Rod Carew discusses ‘the gift of time’ and the 2018 Rose Parade

first_imgFor 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.PreviousRhonda Carew and her husband Rod Carew adjacent to a Donate Life Float exhibit at Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena Friday December 29, 2017. Transplant recipient Carew will be among the floatÕs 17 riders. In December 2016 Carew received a heart and kidney transplant and these two organs helped him regain health after suffering a massive heart attack the prior year. His donor was former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, who will be present on the float through one of 44 floragraphs honoring donors whose generous act gave others a second chance at life. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former NFL Coach Sam Wyche and Rod Carew, sports legends, meeting at Pasadena Hilton Friday, December 29, 2017. They will be among the riders on the Donate Life Float at the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade. sports legends. San Wyche received a donated heat and Rod Carew received a donated heart and kidney. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDeceased NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, donated a heart and kidney to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who will ride on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Parents met Rod Carew at Pasadena Hilton Friday, December 29, 2017.Mary and Ralf Reuland adjacent to a photo of their deceased son, NFL tight end Konrad Reuland. Konrad Reuland donated a heart and kidney to Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who will ride on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Parents met Rod Carew at Pasadena Hilton Friday, December 29, 2017. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Rhonda Carew and her husband Rod Carew adjacent to a Donate Life Float exhibit at Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena Friday December 29, 2017. Transplant recipient Carew will be among the floatÕs 17 riders. In December 2016 Carew received a heart and kidney transplant and these two organs helped him regain health after suffering a massive heart attack the prior year. His donor was former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, who will be present on the float through one of 44 floragraphs honoring donors whose generous act gave others a second chance at life. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 4Rhonda Carew and her husband Rod Carew adjacent to a Donate Life Float exhibit at Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena Friday December 29, 2017. Transplant recipient Carew will be among the floatÕs 17 riders. In December 2016 Carew received a heart and kidney transplant and these two organs helped him regain health after suffering a massive heart attack the prior year. His donor was former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, who will be present on the float through one of 44 floragraphs honoring donors whose generous act gave others a second chance at life. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandOn 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 Ralf Reuland, of San Juan Capistrano. “By the same token, it’s a very wonderful thing he’s being recognized among other donors, and bringing awareness to organ donation with such a huge platform like the Rose Parade is a phenomenal thing.”This year’s Donate Life float’s theme is “The Gift of Time,” and that’s exactly the gift that Konrad Reuland gave about a year ago to baseball legend Rod Carew, who will ride on the float New Year’s Day. A football player at Mater Dei and Mission Viejo high schools, Stanford and the NFL, Konrad suffered a brain aneurysm at age 29 that claimed his life. Because he was a registered organ donor, his heart went to Carew. Carew said he’s feeling strong these days, and he attributes that to Konrad’s heart beating in his chest.“We’re always together, and we’re going to do good things together by spreading the word about organ and tissue donation,” Carew, 72, said.With his physical therapy assignment mostly done, Carew said he’d like to travel with his wife, Rhonda, and continue to use his name and presence to promote organ and tissue donation. The Carews said they hope to get either or both MLB and the NFL to officially support the Donate Life campaign.Carew also promotes heart health education via his “The Heart of 29” campaign in partnership with the American Heart Association. The campaign was named after Carew’s uniform number with the Minnesota Twins and California Angels, but it holds an even greater significance now because Konrad was 29 years old when he died.Carew and Konrad met about 15 years ago at a middle school basketball game in Rancho Santa Margarita. Carew’s son and Konrad’s younger brother were teammates, and at one point teenage Konrad went up to Carew to introduce himself and to say that one day he hoped to be a professional athlete like him. Mary Reuland told Carew later that Konrad was elated to have met him.For Carew, the gift of time has several meanings — in this case, many years after Carew showed Konrad kindness by spending a few moments with him, Konrad gave Carew the greatest gift any person can give to another, Carew said.Including Carew, a total of 75 people received organ and tissue donations from Konrad.“I believe in the saying that if you do good, good will come back to you,” Carew said. “I hope people can come back into the lives of others to help.”Those interested in becoming organ, eye or tissue donors can visit donatelife.net.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Chelsea ready to hijack Tottenham’s interest in Bologna starlet with £11m swoop

first_img Amadou Diawara 1 Chelsea are preparing to hijack Tottenham’s pursuit of Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.The 18-year-old’s performances in Serie A have attracted attention from clubs across Europe, with Spurs leading the chase to secure his signature.But now, according to Tutto Mercato, Chelsea are readying a £11m bid for the teenager, who has a contract with the Italians until 2020.The Blues are on the lookout for a midfield powerhouse to provide competition for Nemanja Matic and may soon be short in that area if John Obi Mikel leaves in January.Tottenham remain keen on Diawara but were planning to increase their interest next summer rather than in the January transfer window.And that may allow Chelsea to sneak in and persuade Bologna accept their bid for the young Guinea midfielder.last_img read more