CCON-POST: July 15, 2017
“A good reason to donate to medical research, after you die!”
CSG: Those of you following CSGs efforts to defuse the stigma, about organ donations to medical researchers after death, have another opportunity to reflect upon your decision to donate.
As compassionate humans, could we be encouraged to consider the generations coming behind us and the potential we have to make their quality of life better than ours.
As our “friends” on face book know we are aggressively asking you to donate your brain to our medical research team led by Dr. Lili Naz-Hazrati, MD, PhD, FRCPC, neuropathologist, at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, The Canadian Concussion Center, and The University of Toronto.
Today's article is another heart-warming indication of how one talented professional athlete dedicated his body to others upon his death.
Ironically, his massive and powerful heart ended up in the chest of Baseball Hall of Famer player Rod Carew, who was on the verge of death because of his deteriorating heart condition.
The message CSG hopes you will take away from today's story is how we as former or present athletes and you as healthy citizens can do remarkable thing for your children and grandchildren and their progeny by becoming a generous organ donor.
CSG, as mentioned many times is for you, all of you. To donate your brain to science to help us find cures for degenerative brain diseases, like CTE, Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, MS, and so many more.
At the bottom of today's article is our appeal request, and simple instructions on becoming a donor.
We hope you will consider our plea for help. Far to many of us are suffering from the perils of brain injuries or degenerative brain diseases that we have no understanding of how or why they have attacked us.
“Former San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal football player's heart lives on in Hall of Famer Rod Carew after the transplant!”
By Kevin Lynch
Friday, July 14, 2017
Even in an NFL locker room, you couldn't miss Konrad Reuland - wavy blond hair, chiseled features, a mesomorphic exemplar.
As a 6-foot, 6-inch 270-pound tight end, Reuland strode off the Stanford campus and onto the 49ers' practice fields as a rookie free agent. He then went on to play for the Jets and Ravens in 2012, 2013 and 2015 before his life was cut short.
Right after Thanksgiving last year, he was anticipating getting another crack at the NFL while working out in a gym near his Irvine, California residence.
He felt a click behind his left eye. Then his brain flooded with pain. He called his father Ralf and was told to get to a hospital.
By the time he did, the aneurysm had thrown Reuland into a coma. The 29-year-old never recovered. On December 12, with his family by his side, Reuland was declared brain dead. Per his wishes, the family donated his organs, including his vast heart.
Reuland was large, his mother, Mary, told the L.A. Times. He ate large, lived large, and often plunged into life with his rich laughter.
Reuland's heart was so big, he shared it with others.
He struck up a friendship with Kimi, a 5-year-old neuroblastoma patient. He allowed Kimi to paint his fingernails and on his last visit, they sang Taylor Swift tunes.
In death, Reuland's heart kept working. After it was harvested, a 71-year-old man, clinging to life after a heart attack crippled him on a golf course 15 months earlier, got a call saying a heart was ready for a transplant.
The man was also an athlete, Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew, an 18-time All-star and one of the best left-handed hitters to ever strike a baseball.
After Reulands' death on Dec. 12, the ailing Carew had his heart transplanted into him four days later, saving his life.
In a moment filmed by "CBS this Morning," Carew, sitting in the Reuland's San Juan Capristrano living room, took out a stethoscope and placed it on his chest. Reuland's mother, father and younger brother all heard the beating of Konrad's heart.
"It was comforting in a way to hear that again, knowing that part of Konrad is still here," Mary Reuland told the Times. "I didn't know until this happened that every heartbeat, like a fingerprint, is unique. It was definitely Konrad's heart in there."
Amazingly, Konrad met Carew 15 years earlier. Konrad and his older brother Warren were middle school teammates with Carew's kids, Cheyenne and Devon, at St. John's Episcopal school in Rancho Santa Margarita. After meeting Carew, the family said Konrad bragged that he had met a Hall of Fame baseball player.
According to One Lagacy, the Los Angeles arm of the nation wide organ donation network, this is the first time an organ was anonymously donated to people who had actually met.
It's also believed to be the first time an organ has been exchanged between two professional athletes.
The Carews and Reulands have kept up their association. On April 4th, the day Konrad was to turn 30, the Reulands visited his grave site and Rod Carew was there. Feeling infinitely better after the transplant, and with plans to travel extensively and intentionally with Konrad's adventurous heart, Carew inscribed a baseball to the Reulands.
"Happy Birthday Konrad," Carew wrote. "I promise to always care for your priceless gifts."
BRAIN DONOR APPEAL
CSG and our parent organization Institut de l’Atlantic en neurosciences Atlantic Institute, Inc., Moncton, New Brunswick, has aligned with medical professionals, former professional and amateur athletes and educators, and our medical researcher associates at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canadian Concussion Centre, and The University of Toronto, under the direction of one of Canada’s foremost neuropathologist, Dr. Lili Naz-Hazrati, MD, PhD, FRCPC, to appeal to you too become a brain donor.
It’s simple, painless, extremely important, and the best legacy you could give to future generations of children and youth considering playing a contact sport.
CSG and our colleagues would like you to help us prevent degenerative brain diseases (over 100 know today), that may have their root causes in concussions or traumatic brain injuries.
CSG’s invites whether you have ever sustained a concussion or played a contact sport, makes no difference. CSG and our medical research colleagues need your brain for their on-going research.
Donating your brain, when you die, is no different than giving your other organs.
Simply contact us at face book messenger, (Bob Lemieux) or by calling us at 1-844-266-0226, (toll free), or 1-506-538-7274, or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we
will take care of the details.
As donors you will be added to our Ambassadors Brain Donor Team.
It’s all about giving “Quality of Life a Chance!”