Gilda's Club

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Gilda's Club is a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends. Local chapters provide meeting places where those living with cancer, their families, and friends can join with others to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda's Club chapters offer support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a nonresidential, homelike setting. Gilda's Club was named in tribute to comic actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. It is now known as the Cancer Support Community.

Gilda's Club, Seattle


Gilda's Club was founded by Joanna Bull, Radner's cancer psychotherapist; Radner's widower, Gene Wilder; and broadcaster Joel Siegel. The first Gilda's Club opened in New York City in 1995.

The organization took its former name from Radner's comment that cancer gave her "membership to an elite club I'd rather not belong to".[1] Radner's story can be read in her book, It's Always Something.

In July 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community, another established cancer support organization to create the Cancer Support Community (CSC).[2][3][4] As of 2012, there were over 20 active local affiliates of Gilda’s Club. Although some local affiliates of Gilda’s Club and The Wellness community have retained their names, many affiliates have adopted the name Cancer Support Community following the merger.

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  1. ^ "Gilda's Club Twin Cities: Who We Are". Website. Gilda's Club. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Wellness Community & Gilda's Club May Merge". Oncology Times. 10 April 2009 - Volume 31, Issue 7, pp 8-10. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help) Retrieved on November 28, 2012
  3. ^ McClure, Susan (December 14, 2009). "Gilda's Club and The Wellness Community Join Forces". Cure. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  Retrieved on November 28, 2012
  4. ^ "Merging to Increase Mission Impact". The NonProfit Times. Retrieved November 28, 2012.  Retrieved on November 28, 2012

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