At Gilda’s Club Madison, we recognize that cancer impacts the whole family. Our youth programs are designed to offer them a place to connect, talk about their experiences, and most importantly, know they are not alone.

CUREative Art & Writing Contest for Teens

Open to any teen with a cancer connection, age 13-19, who lives in the state of Wisconsin. Art will be exhibited as part of the Gilda’s Club Community Art Show April 19-25, and winners will be announced at a virtual reception on Thursday, April 28, 2021 at 7pm CDT. Multiple prizes will be awarded!


Kids and teens can find connection with each other through scheduled workshops and social activities. Keep an eye on the calendar and social media for upcoming events.

Weekly Kids Club

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 pm

Join us on Zoom each Wednesday afternoon for interactive games, art projects, movement, and virtual field trips. Check the calendar for details about upcoming dates and activities. For all kids age 9-12* who have a cancer connection (exceptions may be made for kids close in age–please email if interested). Register for each week you plan to attend. Kids must be members of Gilda’s Club. To get started, or if you have questions about an activity, contact Carissa Hodgson, Program Manager:

Grief Busters

Children that have lost a sibling, parent, guardian, grandparent, or other loved one to cancer can participate in this special professionally-facilitated grief and loss support program designed for children. Grief Busters is a six session program and is run at different times throughout the year.

For more information about when the next Grief Busters session will take place, please call 608-828-8880 or e-mail


Kids and teens cope with cancer in many different ways. Finding activities that foster creativity and movement give them new ways to express themselves. Check the online calendar for youth-specific workshops that might include arts and crafts, movement (such as yoga, karate or dance), healthy cooking, and stress reduction.


Child holding craft project

Kids and teens benefit from the sense of normalcy and belonging that is created by seeing other families like theirs. This is especially important right now when they are more isolated. You’ll find virtual socials on the calendar such as online games, karaoke/dance parties, and our annual Noogiefest Halloween party. You’ll also find social gatherings geared towards the whole family on our calendar—All of these are great opportunities to connect with other families affected by cancer.

Do you have a talent or expertise you’d like to share with our kids and teens? Please contact our Program Director, Kirsten Norslien at 828-8873 or email

Family Support and Short-Term Counseling

A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family. You might have questions or concerns about how to talk to your kids, what resources to use, and how to best support children through a cancer diagnosis. Our Program Staff are experienced at supporting you and your family through this.

For more information or to set up a free family counseling session, please call 608-828-8880 or e-mail