"Your voice of the transplant community"

TRIO Philadelphia

Meetings usually monthly 2nd Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm


  • Voting: Yes
  • Location: Gift of Life Donor Program office
  • Street: 401 North 3rd Street
  • City: Philadelphia
  • State: PA
  • Zip: 19123


  • Contact: Bill Soloway, President
  • Phone: (215) 518-9097
  • E-Mail:
  • Contact: Elizabeth Rubin, Treasurer
  • Phone: 610-544-4140
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Related Links: Facebook

Activity Report

    November 2021
    Aug E-News:

    Following up on a successful year in 2019 both activity and finance wise, the chapter shares the following updates:

    At our July board meeting, Bill Soloway was elected as incoming TRIO Philadelphia chapter president.  In another action, the board expanded its membership by one, voting to fill that new slot with Bob Goodman.  We welcome both to their new exciting roles with our chapter as we face the challenges of this very unique year of 2020 and its COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to the 'new normal' that is to follow as things open back up.

    - We offer thanks for the continued dedicated service on the TRIO Philadelphia chapter board:
         > Elizabeth Rubin, chapter treasurer (liver recipient out 26 years/Quarter Century club member, co-founder of this chapter and the past president for the first 10 years)
         > Sue Kelchner, Vice-president (living kidney donor to husband, Bob, in 1992; chapter co-founder)
         > Susan Pincus, official photographer (kidney/pancreas recipient)
         > Jim Gleason, past-president & webmaster (heart recipient out 25 years/Quarter Century club member, co-founder of this chapter and past president of 15 years)
         > Bob Kelchner (two-time living kidney donor-recipient from his wife, Susan, in '92, and daughter, Laura DiPlacido in 2008; chapter co-founder)
         > chapter president, Bill Soloway (heart recipient) - newly elected July 2020
         > Bob Goodman (heart recipient) - newly elected July 2020

    - host and record/edit semi-annual Penn Heart Transplant Support Group panel/speaker events at the beautiful Smilow Research Center
         view those event videos in the on-line YouTube-based TRIO Transplant Presentation Library at

    - members provide candidate and post-transplant patient hospital visitations and mentoring

    - still distributing a 3rd printing of our transplant book for children, Mommy Can Play Again, (<-- click here to view) which continues to be given out free (donations are always welcome) to requests from transplant programs across the country and the local Delaware Valley (NJ/PA/DE) region - books are being distributed to local community libraries and transplant program social workers as a way to introduce TRIO and engage them in our on-going activities/events

    - our annual tradition of many years, continue our annual $1,000 contribution in support of the TRIO national scholarship program (two chapter members, Susan Pincus and Elizabeth Rubin, serve on the national scholarship committee).

    - TRIO Philadelphia is proud of its decades-long tradition of supporting the TRIO national organization with its members serving on the national board and in various leadership officer roles.
    Currently, chapter members go beyond their local service, serving on national levels, such as:
         > Elizabeth Rubin as TRIO National secretary (and past president)
         > Susan Pincus as TRIO National treasurer
         > Jim Gleason as TRIO National president

         > Bob Goodman as UNOS/OPTN treasurer and board member
         > Jim Gleason as UNOS/OPTN Finance committee advisor (and 2X past UNOS/OPTN board member)

    - the chapter hosts an annual open board meeting luncheon (here also celebrating Jim's 25th heart transplant anniversary)

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    - the chapter continues to work in concert with the Gift of Life Donor Program (our local OPO) and other local support groups with such on-going events such as:

         > volunteering to support and hosting a TRIO informational table at the annual Gift of Life Donor Program (OPO) DASH for donor awareness held in April, Donate Life Month's big event here in Philadelphia

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    >  hosting regular support group speaker meetings, recording their presentations for the TRIO national Transplant Presentation Library (now over 112 videos, 95% of which have been recorded at our chapter support group meetings here in Philadelphia (9 in the first 6 months of 2020 alone), are now viewable on YouTube, go to LIBRARY (<-- click here) to select a title

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         > chapter members continue to host donor table events (local community health fair shown below) and as public speakers for the OPO's speaker's bureau, sharing their donor/recipient life stories to spread the message of transplant success and the urgent need for donor registrations  (also Pam (donor mother) and Jim with The Tin Woman cast after talking with their heart transplant story/play audience)

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    Bob & Sue Kelchner family (with their son, daughter and granddaughter) with Jim and Grand Master at a Philadelphia Masonic Lodge Organ Donor presentation night where they shared their living donor story and TRIO's role

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         > chapter member athletes participate as members of Team Philadelphia at the World and US transplant games
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         > the chapter participates in the local Gift of Life Transplant family house 'Home Cooked Heroes' program, baking for the families that stay at this 32 room Philadelphia based 'home-away-from-home' transplant families

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         > members participate in various community advocacy programs, offering evidence of the benefits of being organ donors and the success of organ and tissue transplantation
    As one example, our new chapter president, Bill Soloway, heart recipient, uses his cycling passion in parades and local community events wearing blue & green donor colors; or Susan Pincus at a local sports event

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    - the chapter's monthly electronic newsletter can be viewed at NEWSLETTER featuring both members' current updates and updated chapter news.  Plans for 2020 include a newly redesigned TRIO Philadelphia web site, so stay tuned for that announcement.