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Hello world!

Welcome to the on-line home of 
Second Chance Heart Transplant Support Group, Inc. 

(Note: the web site address: “” comes from using the first letter of each word in that corporate name…)


We are a local heart transplant support group of heart transplant recipients in the general area of the region known as the Delaware Valley.  While our 800+ members have spread far and wide, most come from the Philadelphia centered area that includes Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania.   Anticipating your question, yes, you have to have had a heart transplant – or be married to one who has – to become a member, so there really are that many recipients in this local area, and oh so many more!  That large number is mainly due to the fact that there are so many heart transplant programs in this area – seven if you count CHOP, Hershey and DuPont (in DE).

Read more about our organization in the ABOUT page on this site, both our long history (dating back to the mid 1980’s, the “dawn” of today’s successful heart transplant surgical process ) and our mission of support and financial aid to member patients in need.  To date here in 2015, Second Chance has given out over $670,000 in patient grants over those years.  If you are in financial need, ask your transplant social worker who can help you with that funding request.

So read all about us here, and consider joining to add your own support to this very unique group who truly are giving from their hearts and are “heart gifted” owing their lives to a donor family’s gift and the modern miracle of heart transplantation in the hands of amazing medical professionals in those many centers.


NEW: HUP chapter open speaker event – Cancer Survivor, Heart Transplant recipient, Ironman Triathlete: The Long Road Back to Health by Derek Fitzgerald – Friday, Nov 13th, 2015 – 10:30 – 1pm, Translation Research Center Nov2015-SecondChanceSupportGroupFlyer <- click for flyer – please RSVP to or call 609-877-4493 with contact information and how many will be coming 

New: MOST speaker, Dr. David Reich, gave an excellent talk about cancer post-transplant which can be described in the flyer:  for flyer detail click here – his talk is now available for viewing on YouTube at: .  Stay tuned for future MOST speaker events coming each month.

Celebration of Life event videos available for viewing:
Click here for 2015 Celebration of Life video of the event held May 17th, 2015 at Cottage Green, Philadelphia
(and here for 2014 Celebration of Life video of the event held May 4th, 2014 at Cottage Green, Philadelphia)
(and here for  2013 Celebration of Life video of the event held May 5th, 2013 at Cottage Green, Philadelphia)

Click here for photos of the 2014 Celebration of Life event taken by Dan Smith
(and Click here for photos of the 2013 Celebration of Life event
 taken by Jim Bullard)

Click here for 2013 DASH Team Hahnemann photo album


New additions to check out on our web site:

Our next Board meeting will be held:

Monday evening, January 25th, 2015
beginning at 6:30pm

(All attendees please register with Charman, Jim Bullard, to attend this meeting…
Jim Bullard phone: 732-463-3927 e-mail: )


Contacts . . .
General Information: Jim Bullard, Chariman (732) 463-3927 or e-mail:
Web site issues: Jim Gleason (609) 877-4493 or e-mail:
Social media: Art Lekoff (267) 994-0520  or e-mail:

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