Cancer Support Matters

Today there are more than 16.9 million people touched by cancer in the US. There will be 35,000 new cases in Wisconsin this year alone. Many (30-50%) cancer patients struggle with emotional distress as a result of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Studies have demonstrated that emotional and social interventions like those offered at Gilda’s Club Madison have proven effective for helping patients and families confronting cancer related distress reduce distress, improve quality of life, decrease overall treatment costs, reduce cancer recurrences, and ultimately improve survival rates.

Ultimately, Gilda’s Club Madison strives to positively impact the treatment outcomes of our members and improve quality of life.

From Our Member Surveys

  • 99% of members surveyed rated Gilda’s Club membership satisfaction as excellent
  • 99% of members recommend Gilda’s Club
  • 86% of members agreed or strongly agreed that Gilda’s is helpful in reducing life stress
  • 83% of members agreed that Gilda’s increased their sense of belonging  and companionship
  • 83% of members agreed that Gilda’s Club reduced feelings of isolated and loneliness
  • 72% of members agreed or strongly agreed that Gilda’s increased their sense of control

Quotes from Gilda’s Club Members:

“Gilda’s Club became one of the dandelions in my field of healing. It provided support and understanding when I felt lost and alone. The thing I noticed the most is I didn’t have to wear a mask and cover up how I was feeling on a given day. I could be truly honest and authentic with all my pains, frustrations, or anger from the cancer.”

“The UW Carbone [Cancer Center] did a wonderful job of treating my cancer, and Gilda’s has helped to complete  the process emotionally and mentally.”- Mick, Gilda’s Club member

“The part I hold dear to my heart was seeing the nodding heads, the tears, the love, the support and understanding I so desperately needed. My friends (yes in one night and over the upcoming months, my group-mates became my friends) were there for me, and we supported each other through the hard times. I am forever in debt to my friends and Gilda’s for giving me the strength I didn’t know I had.” -Renee, Gilda’s Club member

“I didn’t have anywhere else to go that could give me what I felt I lost to cancer. It’s not just a place to re-charge…it’s a place to let go. It’s really magical.” – Misty, Gilda’s Club member

“While we all have cancer in common, it’s the diversity of our experiences and perspectives that has helped me to traverse life’s bumpy terrain. Sharing moments of courage, fear, laughter and things learned has built some very special friendships and a strong group cohesiveness that I find so very nourishing.” – Rhonda, Gilda’s Club member