Madison has a lot of non-profit organizations, and it seems like the community also has a lot of cancer support services. How is Gilda’s Club different?
Gilda’s Club is for anyone of any age with any type of cancer, and for those in their lives who are touched by it: family, friends and others. The Clubhouse provides a warm, welcoming environment for the program. Each member can select the parts of the multi-faceted program that will best meet his/her needs. Gilda's Club is open almost every day and evening. Gilda's Club offers support groups that focus on different types of cancer, as well as on special needs, e.g., spouses of people with cancer, teenagers, etc. It also offers informational lectures, workshops on crafts, exercise, nutrition, etc. and social, community-building activities such as potluck dinners and comedy nights.
Who is Gilda's Club named for?
Gilda's Club is named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Gilda is best known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Her book, It's Always Something, describes her life with cancer.
What happens at Gilda's Club?
Every day at Gilda’s Club, men, women and children with all types and stages of cancer, and their families and friends, engage in a life-enriching program of social and emotional support.
What kinds of activities take place?
Gilda’s Club offers a program that consists of support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, social events, and activities for all ages.
Is Gilda's Club just for women with ovarian cancer?
No, it is for men and women of all ages, and with all types of cancer, and for adolescents and children as well as their families and friends.
Is Gilda's Club residential?
No, but each freestanding clubhouse has a home-like atmosphere where members can relax and feel comfortable in a non-medical setting.