Navigating Healthcare: Patient Advocacy at Gilda’s Club Madison

Tim and Margaret* didn’t think they needed to worry about their health insurance coverage. They both worked at a large Wisconsin employer and thought that things were stable. Sadly, the company began to suffer and eventually was forced to close its doors.  Their insurance management was taken over by a third party administrator, so they…

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Starting and Stopping… Starting Again

By Rita Schunk Immediately after getting a breast cancer diagnosis, I was famished for answers and guidance. Although the middle of nine “children”, there was no one in my life who had been through a cancer journey. I desired an experienced friend. I was aware of Gilda’s Club and knew they had a library. If…

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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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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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