Growing Up at Gilda’s

My name is Payton. I am 14 years old, but have been a volunteer for about nine years now and have experienced and learned many things along the way. You may not know, but the reason I started volunteering in the first place is because, when I was about one year old, my mom was diagnosed…

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A Creative Respite

“We do art classes because there are limits to our words. The process of expression actually helps us process our lived experiences,” shares Kirsten Norslien, Program Director at Gilda’s Club. Art therapy has long been a part of the programming at Gilda’s Club Madison. Fortunately, these programs have been able to continue virtually. Art therapy…

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Getting Back Up After Cancer Knocks You Down: Melanoma Survivor Shares Post-Treatment Struggles, Successes

Written by: Chris Malina, as originally published in the winter edition of The Advances e-newsletter. In the beginning, Renee Zemke got what every newly-diagnosed cancer patient gets: the big binder full of information. It came with the usual stuff: basic definitions, locations of clinics and important phone numbers. But nothing in the materials could prepare…

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Remembrance Night Helped Me Say Goodbye

My name is Jane and I was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 on my 62nd birthday. My husband, Arnie, and I have enjoyed the many programs at Gilda’s. Plus we enjoyed the lasagna, turkey, and various other meals! The meals gave us a chance to catch up with people we’ve met thru Gilda’s programs. I’ve…

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Jon – Why I Volunteer

From a young age, my Mom was adamant that my brother and I be involved in philanthropic activities. We would make May Day Baskets for the residents at the local retirement center in our hometown, we’d serve meals at local churches on Christmas and Thanksgiving, and I volunteered at a therapeutic riding stable for children with developmental and physical impairments. I…

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Lisa – Why I’m a Gilda’s Volunteer and Donor

In the spring of 2008, I changed jobs and had just completed my MBA and suddenly found myself with more time on my hands. After getting back into my social life for a while (something that had suffered the previous few years), I started looking for a new volunteer opportunity in Madison. I come from…

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Danielle – Why I Volunteer

Giving back isn’t always financial, it can be done by offering up some of your time. As a teenager, I began my relationship with volunteering by helping my mother. She’d bring me to events, golf outings, and gala’s and I’d be a part of the set-up crew or sell raffle tickets to guests. The pride…

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