Gilda’s Club Madison Founders’ Stories – Peg Lucas

As Peg Lucas was getting ready for work one morning in the spring of 2002, a local news segment piqued her interest. Pat Anderson, one of the founders of what was formerly known as Madison Friends of Gilda’s, was sharing more about a support community that she and other Madison-area residents formed to help those…

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Creating a Better Way – The Gilda’s Club Madison Early Founders’ Story

Facing a diagnosis like cancer can feel profoundly lonely. Even if you’re surrounded by loved ones and expert medical care, it’s hard to feel like you belong. And, sometimes, you feel more like a patient than a person. But the early founders of Gilda’s Club Madison knew there had to be a better approach to…

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Champion Spotlight: The Levy Family

If you’ve attended special events at Gilda’s Club, you’ve likely seen the Levy family there. Always warm and full of big, kind smiles, their love and care for each other is clear. The Levy Family – Cherie and Steve, with their daughters Madison and Molly – has been involved with Gilda’s Club Madison for nearly…

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Kim Virden: Rappelling for Cancer Support

Kim felt a rush of excitement as she looked down 14 stories to see 28 of her friends and her service dog down below. She turned around, leaned back over the edge, and spread her arms wide before beginning the descent down to her cheering crowd. Kim Virden has always had a love of adventure,…

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Joyce Siefering: Continuing Her Family’s Legacy of Philanthropy

“I have a long history with cancer,” shares Joyce Siefering, Gilda’s Club donor and former Board Member. Sadly, Joyce’s mother was diagnosed with cancer when she was in high school. Her mother spent time trying to impart as many lessons on to Joyce as she could during her time left.  Her mother was the chair…

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Radiant Lavender: Pushing Edges

“Mama went right down the building like Spiderman,” our three-year-old often says with pride. He is describing his Mama Lavender Knight and her descent down a 14-story building, rappelling while raising money for Gilda’s Club.

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I’m grateful for you, cancer

In case you haven’t heard, I’m still cancer-free and loving remission! I still have follow up scans every few months. The lingering effects of chemotherapy have faded. I’m hitting my stride and have gotten back to my true passions. Join us for beer, food, music, and community on August 28 from 3-10pm at Wisconsin Brewing Company.

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