Gilda's Club Greater Toronto is a place where men, women, teens and children with cancer — along with their families and friends — can join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.
Gilda's Club also welcomes long-term-cancer survivors and those who have lost someone to cancer. 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.
Gilda's Club is named for comedienne Gilda Radner, who died of 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 on Lombard Street. In October 2011, Gilda's Club relocated to 24 Cecil Street — closer to Princess Margaret Hospital, Sick Kids, and our other community partners from which we get a lot of patient referrals.
Our cancer support groups, workshops, lectures and social events at Gilda's Club are free of charge — they are supported through the generosity of foundations, corporations and individuals.
Please join us this year by running, walking or donating in support of Gilda's Club Greater Toronto as the funds raised through the Scotiabank Run 2015 will help us ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.
Connie Craddock, Board Chair, Gilda's Club Greater Toronto