Former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein turned 40 on Tuesday, and he spent the day celebrating the gift of life.
Eckstein comes from a family riddled with kidney failure. His father, two brothers and two sisters all have had kidney transplants. His mother, who is in Stage 5 kidney failure, might be the next up for a kidney transplant.
On Tuesday, Eckstein helped raise $40,000 to assist in the building of the new Transplant House at Florida Hospital.
"I've already been given a gift, and that's the gift of life through organ donation," Eckstein said on MLB Network's High Heat. "It's just a great organization that hopefully we can help somebody out."
Eckstein says a typical kidney lasts 20-25 years, but thanks to technology, kidney transplant patients who receive organs from their siblings might have a longer window.
"Hopefully if I have to donate to my sister, it will last a long time, and [brother] Kenny, who has my brother Rick's, will last a long time," Eckstein said.
For more information and to donate, visit Eckstein's fundraiser page.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.