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Shooting victims' mom, heart transplant recipient meet for first time

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Jackie Pische hugs Ben Adler at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, June 11, 2014. Adler received a heart transplanted from Pische's son, Joshua Richards, who was shot and killed at Luna Lounge in Appleton, Dec. 8, 2013. (Photo from: FOX 11).
Jackie Pische hugs Ben Adler at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, June 11, 2014. Adler received a heart transplanted from Pische's son, Joshua Richards, who was shot and killed at Luna Lounge in Appleton, Dec. 8, 2013. (Photo from: FOX 11).

NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - It was an emotional gathering as the mother of a slain Green Bay man and the recipient of her son's heart met for the first time Wednesday.

Last December 8, Joshua Richards was shot in the head at Luna Lounge in downtown Appleton. The family of the 25-year-old Richards donated his organs.

On Wednesday, Jackie Pische met Ben Adler, who got Richards' heart, at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.

Theda Clark will also raise a Donate Life flag to honor organ, tissue and eye donors.

There are currently 122,000 people on the national waiting list for an organ transplant. 2,200 of those are in Wisconsin.

Theda Clark encourages people to help reduce that number by becoming registered donors at www.YesIWillWisconsin.com.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).

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