Notice: Special Appeal to ALL members

We all know these are tough economic times for everyone AND for non-profit organizations serving the needs of their members. Second Chance is no exception. Please respond as generously as you can when you receive our Special Appeals letter so we can continue to support members in need with our grant program in this especially challenging time. Now you can also make your donation on-line with PayPal or any major credit card. Just use the Special Appeals link on the right column of this page to access that service

About

Second Chance Support Group was founded in 1985 at Temple University Hospital
by Ernie Schiff (an early heart transplant recipient) and his wife Anne. The name Second Chance
and ‘The Beat Goes On” were chosen by the group. Second Chance kept growing as more and
more cardiac transplant operations were done. We are an official IRS non-profit organization.
Our purpose is to provide a sharing of medical experience among members, to provide public
information and education on matters relating to organ transplantation and donation, to raise
funds for such activities and to undertake such activities as appropriate to support these
purposes. The group shall also strive to find liaisons with other transplant groups and other organ
transplant recipients in order to support the stated purpose, (as per by-laws, Article II).
There are five chapters of Second Chance. Hahnemann University Hospital Tenet, Jefferson
University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Hospital of University
Of Pennsylvania, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Each Chapter has monthly
meetings except July.
Second Chance Support Group was founded in 1985 at Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) by Ernie Schiff (an early heart transplant recipient) and his wife Anne. The name Second Chance and “The Beat Goes On” were chosen by the group. Second Chance kept growing as more and more cardiac transplant operations were done. We are an official IRS non-profit 501C3 organization, so all donations to Second Chance are fully tax deductible.
Our purpose is to provide a sharing of medical experience among members, to provide public information and education on matters relating to organ transplantation and donation, to raise funds for such activities and to undertake such activities as appropriate to support these purposes. The group shall also strive to find liaisons with other transplant groups and other organ transplant recipients in order to support the stated purpose, (as per by-laws, Article II).
Chapters
There are currently four hospital based chapters of Second Chance:
  • Hahnemann University Hospital Tenet (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Each Chapter has monthly meetings except July.   The time date and place of these meetings appear on the Chapter pages of this website and are included in our hard copy or electronic monthly mailings to our membership list. Second Chance meetings have stimulating discussions, educational activities, support, sharing, and, sometimes, a heart- healthy snack.

Membership

Second Chance offers two classes of membership,  voting and  non-voting members.  Membership is open to all persons in direct sympathy with its purpose and are a member of a “home chapter.”  Voting members are members registered with Second Chance as a patient, significant other or surviving significant other.  There are no dues. You will receive monthly mailings, which will contain minutes of the previous month’s meeting, an agenda of the upcoming meeting and other relevant materials or announcements.

Major Activities
As previously stated, one of our activities is raising funds for needy transplant recipients. Second Chance has one major fundraising event; the “Celebration of Life” held in May or April. The money is available for transplant patients for any transplant-related need. Members can apply for grants by contacting their transplant team’s social worker.
Enjoying the “Celebration of Life”
We also raise money to support activities and other needs at each hospital for the people that are waiting for many months before they receive their transplants. We owe our existence to organ donors and their families. It is for this reason that we support donor awareness activities, such as those organized byour local OPO’s (that’s Organ Procurement Organizations), the  Gift of Life Donor Program and the NJ Sharing Network program. We encourage all of our members to participate in such activities.  Training programs are available to help you get started.
Being an active member of Second Chance is of vital importance, because cardiac transplantation is an ongoing learning process and continual medical updates occur in this dynamic field. The transplant teams encourage the newly transplanted person and spouse to participate in Second Chance. There is valuable knowledge and support that can only be gained from the experience of the veteran recipients. Although organizationally separate from the Transplant Centers and the transplant teams, Second Chance is the next vital link to your continued physical and emotional good health. The veteran recipients welcome each new recipient and spouse, for they know the emotional, social and physical uncertainties you are encountering in life’s “second chance”, By participating in the meetings with others like yourself, you gain a real sense of confidence that you have become whole and healthy again, You will witness how so many of us have assimilated back into our individual normal routines of work, leisure and everyday living. Many recipients are able to seek out other recipients who have experienced similar problems as themselves and have benefited from that wisdom of experience.
Therefore, it is important for each and every member to support and perpetuate our cause. It is best summarized through the words of one of our founders, Ernie Schiff, “We are all missionaries to the cause of organ donation and transplantation, for it is this to which we owe our lives.”
It is for all these reasons that we encourage all to come and support us in the “Celebration of Life.”
Second Chance Heart Transplant Support Group, Inc.
23 Independence Ct
Piscataway, NJ 08854

23 Independence Ct
Piscataway, NJ 08854

23 Independence Ct
Piscataway, NJ 08854

phone 732-463-3927
Jim Bullard, Chairman