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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Volunteer Spotlight: Angie Rieves

“The first time I walked into a Gilda’s Club was after my friend died,” remembers Angie Rieves. It was 2007, and one of her best friends, Jessica, had recently passed away from cancer at 25 years old. Angie went to GIlda’s Club Milwaukee looking for support, and later began volunteering. When she moved back to…

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Gilda’s Club Madison Founders’ Stories: Efrat Livny

Throughout her life, Efrat Livny has enjoyed solo careers as a biotechnology information specialist, an artist, and a bodyworker to name a few. But it’s the collective energy of individuals coming together, sharing their unique gifts, and pooling their diverse strengths to make a positive difference, that fuels her spirit. It was that energy and…

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Gilda’s Club Madison Founders’ Stories: Amy Nickles

When asked which three words best describe her, Amy Nickles replies, “An inveterate volunteer.” “I can never say no!” she jokes as she describes her many volunteer positions throughout Dane county over the years, including serving as chair of Attic Angel Association and the American Girl Benefit Sale for Madison Children’s Museum. One position Amy…

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Looking for Connection- Tai Chi Classes at Gilda’s Club

“It has surprised me how natural it was to become a volunteer,” shares Jing Cao, volunteer instructor for Gilda’s Club’s Tai Chi classes. Jing initially became involved with Gilda’s Club in a different volunteer capacity, as an intern. She interned while a second year PhD student in the UW Madison Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program. Her…

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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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