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Winslows to meet with recipient of son's heart

The Winslows and Antognionis will be spending April 21 together, and their get-together includes a tour of Mount Pleasant and environs, Donne-Lynn said.

"I wanted them to be ready to meet us, and now I'm anxious to see meet them and hear about what they all do," Donne Winslow said. "We've been so close."

Gary's father, John Antognioni of Bennington, has also written notes thanking the Winslows.

Ryan's liver and kidneys were also donated to various recipients, but the Winslows haven't yet been in touch with them, except for exchanging a note with a man in his 70s in California who received one of Ryan's kidneys, Bryan Winslow said, adding he was really looking forward to meeting Gary Antognioni and his family.

"The guy wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for Ryan's heart," Bryan Winslow said.

Donne-Lynn added her thoughts, saying the poignancy of the five-year anniversary of Ryan's passing underscored the importance of families making decisions about organ donations. Also, she said she was keenly anticipating the meeting up with the Antognioni family.

"I am so excited about it," she said.

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