Letter from Dawnia Clements to the Segals

Dear Segal Family,

I was deeply touched by the memorial page for Anton on the web. I am also grateful that it is there because it gives me a chance to share something with you that is important for you to know. My connection with Anton is that I know and cherish the person who received his heart. I am the Alaska State Director for the National Senior Service Corps, which includes Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and Retired and Senior Volunteers. Dennis Morgan, who is the recipient of Anton's heart, helped start these programs in Alaska 25 years ago and has been active on the Board of Directors and involved in helping our senior volunteers ever since.

I want you to know that Anton's heart beats within a very special person. Dennis is one of the most loving and giving people you could find any where. He gives of his time unselfishly to his community and always does this in a humble, joyous way. He has a wonderful sense of humor and goes about his daily living with a smile and positive attitude that is rare and uplifting to those around him. For each of the 25 years he has been involved with our senior programs, he has played Santa at our Christmas party. This is just one example of how he makes others happy.

When we knew Dennis was going for a heart transplant, we named our conference room the "Dennis Zane Morgan" room in his honor......because, truthfully, we didn't think he would be coming back. To see him looking so healthy and to see the twinkle back in his eyes seems like a miracle to us.

I have a son about the same age as Anton and I can't even imagine the pain all of this has given you. I hope you can take some small comfort in knowing that a part of Anton lives on in the breast of a very special man.

Thank you for the opportunity to share these thoughts with you.

My deepest sympathy to all of you,

Dawnia Clements
1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 103
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
dawniac@nssc.ak.org