Creating a Refuge Through Yoga

Volunteer Karen Du Charme Shares How Her Yoga Class Created a “Sanga,” a Community “Yoga was my outlet, my refuge,” explains volunteer Karen DuCharme of her time as a caregiver. Karen’s role as a volunteer yoga instructor at Gilda’s Club feels very personal to her. She got her yoga certification in 2014, but, shortly thereafter,…

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Andy Gives Back in Memory of His Dad

“I believe in the power of cancer support.” We all have some sort of connection to cancer. One of the issues that takes place from my point of view is the word ‘cancer’ being labeled taboo. Not many people are comfortable speaking about cancer. My father was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and fought for 3 years before losing his battle…

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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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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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Road to Ironman Wisconsin

Recently I stepped up my involvement with Gilda’s Club as a member of the Board of Directors and I chair the associate board, Club Red, as well. My passion for endurance sports and for serving Gilda’s Club stem from the same thing – losing one of my best friend’s to cancer at the age of…

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