Gilda's Club Greater Toronto

Gilda's Club Greater Toronto

www.gildasclubtoronto.org

Everyone is touched by cancer in one way or another. In the last 25 years, there have been dramatic advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This medical progress has also been accompanied by a profound awareness of the psychological and social impact of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

The Gilda's Club philosophy is based on the knowledge that a diagnosis of cancer affects the whole family, as well as friends, and that no one should have to face cancer alone. We believe that social and emotional support is an important aspect of caring for the whole person. We provide a place where men, women, teens and children living with cancer—as well as their friends and family—can join with others to build a strong community of support as a supplement to their treatment of choice.

Gilda's Club is named for comedienne Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1986. While in treatment in the mid-'80s, Gilda visited a cancer support community in Los Angeles where she found others living experiences similar to hers. She drew strength and comfort from the supportiveness this provided. It was Gilda's dream that thousands of such support communities be available to anyone touched by cancer. Shortly after Gilda's death, that dream was realized when the first Gilda's Club opened in New York City.

Gilda's Club Greater Toronto opened its signature red doors in 2001 in downtown Toronto. Our warm and welcoming environment, complete with spacious community rooms, comfortable wellness rooms, a resource centre, a teen room and "Noogieland", a space for children are designed to enable members and staff to optimize the support needed for all. (Noogieland is also the name of our main program for children and teens. It is a supplement to the adult program.)

In October 2011, Gilda's Club Greater Toronto relocated to our new home at 24 Cecil Street — much closer to Princess Margaret Hospital, Sick Kids, and our other community partners from which we get a lot of patient referrals. The funds raised through the Scotiabank Run 2013 will help keep the red doors open until no one needs cancer support.

At Gilda's Club Greater Toronto, we offer a wide array of support groups, workshops, lectures and social events, with a multitude of activities to choose from each month. In addition, our doors are open to anyone who may simply need some peaceful time alone in any one of our cozy rooms.

We are proud to say that all of the activities at Gilda's Club are free of charge — they are supported through the generosity of foundations, corporations and individuals. We rely on the generosity of people just like you.

Please join us this year by running, walking or donating in support of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto.

Participate in the magic that is Gilda's Club — because no one should face cancer alone.

Thank you,

Bob Richardson
Chair of the Board
Gilda's Club Greater Toronto

Contact: Elana Shapiro 416-214-9898 x 205 or elana.shapiro@gildasclubtoronto.org.

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