Archive | May, 2012

Come view the 25th anniversary dinner video (updated 7/17/2012)

24 May

Its part of our chapter history now, but you can get a feel for the fun time we all enjoyed, sharing life milestones together at our June 23rd TRIO 25th Anniversary dinner at the Jersey shore by watching the YouTube video of the event:

TRIO Philadelphia “Life Celebration” dinner at the Jersey shore


Original invitational posting:

TRIO is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding in Pittsburgh back in 1987.  As part of that celebration, TRIO Philadelphia is inviting you to come join us in celebration of your own life milestones – be that transplant related or any other life event you want to share – down at the nearby Jersey shore town of Avon-by-the-Sea.  We gather for a “Dutch Treat” – i.e. there is no fee to join us, but you do pay for your won meal, chosen off the famous Schneider’s menu of home-style delicious German entrees, appetizers and especially those special desserts.

Saturday, June 16th, from 2pm til 5 (and beyond) – see (no, you can’t read the flyer image below, we know that!) the details by clicking here for the event flyer with directions for a straight shot drive across New Jersey – easy to get to and find there on the main street of that lovely shore town.

PS: You can also click on the flyer image here to download that flyer . . .

“Come and celebrate with us . . .”


NY Youth Circle family visits

24 May

TRIO Philadelphia entertained special guests at their chapter meeting recently.

Mary Wu, co-leader of the TRIO Youth Circle movement, author, Rose parade float rider, two time kidney recipient, public speaker, Washington testimonial speaker… (need I go on?) and her lifelong caregiver (university professor, cancer researcher, etc.) father, Joe, traveled to Philadelphia to see what we are doing with our TRIO chapter here.  They both offered fascinating stories of their decades of life dealing with her kidney transplants (two) and growing up to the young woman she is now.

Following the chapter meeting, Mary and Joe joined a few chapter members for a tour, lunch and extended conversation in the new Transplant Family House nearby.  Their discussions where both insightful and inspiring, talking about TRIO directions at both the local and national (and international) levels.  For them, it was a long trip involving trains and bus travel of many hours, but they agreed it was well worth the effort and promised to return again in the near future with more time to explore the great Philadelphia sites of interest. 

“Thanks for the sharing and wonderful fun visit, Mary & Joe”

Kidney recipient, Mary Wu, and her dad visit TRIO Philadelphia (sitting front row against the backdrop of TRIO Philadelphia members (l to r) Faith, Elizabeth, Phil & Sandy, Jim and Susan with two of the 20+ Gift of Life Donor Program donor quilts)