Frequently Asked Questions

What is Gilda’s Club?

Gilda’s Club is a nonprofit network of affiliate Clubhouses where men, women and children living with cancer, as well as their friends and families, meet to learn how to live with cancer, whatever the outcome. Gilda’s Club is named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Gilda is best known for her work on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

When was Gilda’s Club founded?

Gilda’s Club was founded in 1991 by Joanna Bull, Gilda Radner’s cancer psychotherapist, together with Gilda’s husband Gene Wilder, with the help of film critic Joel Siegel, actor/singer Mandy Patinkin and several of Gilda’s other friends. The first Gilda’s Club opened its signature red door in New York City in 1995.

When was Gilda’s Club Westchester founded?

Gilda’s Club Westchester was founded in 2001 as a local affiliate of Gilda’s Club Worldwide.

In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, which provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online.

To find a community-based center in your area, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org

Who needs Gilda’s Club Westchester?

Anyone touched by cancer, any type of cancer, whether newly diagnosed or a long-term survivor is welcome at Gilda’s Club Westchester. Members are women, men and children, and their families and friends.

Living with cancer involves more than doctor’s appointments. Gilda’s Club Westchester offers information, friendship, support and community in a home-like environment.

What happens at Gilda’s Club Westchester?

At Gilda’s Club Westchester, you’ll find free cancer support, networking, information, lectures, family support groups, social events and children’s programming in a warm, non-residential setting. We laugh, we love and we learn to live with cancer — together.

Is Gilda’s Club residential? What does Gilda’s Club Westchester look like?

No, Gilda’s Clubs are non–residential, but each freestanding clubhouse has a warm and welcoming home–like atmosphere where members can relax and feel comfortable in a non–medical setting.

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Though design and style varies by location, all clubhouses contain: a Library for reading and relaxing; Wellness Group Rooms for weekly sessions facilitated by licensed professionals; Workshop areas for meditation, nutrition, stress reduction and art projects; Noogieland, a playroom for kids and teens; an It’s Always Something Room, a quiet place for personal solitude; and a large Community Meeting Room with nearby kitchen for potluck suppers, jokefests, lectures and other social events.

Is there a charge for membership to Gilda’s Club Westchester?

No. Everything is absolutely free of charge.

How do I join Gilda’s Club Westchester? Do I need a medical referral?

To join, simply pick up the phone and call us at (914) 644-8844 to reserve a space at a New Member Meeting. Whether you learned about Gilda’s Club through a doctor, a friend or the media, just come as you are and join us!

Is Gilda’s Club Westchester supported by the medical community?

A distinguished medical board of oncologists, family physicians and therapists support Gilda’s Club Westchester. Visit the Medical Resource Council for more information.

How can I volunteer at Gilda’s Club Westchester?

Gilda’s Club depends on volunteers to sustain and support our organization. If you’re interested in volunteering at Gilda’s Club Westchester, visit the volunteer page.

How is Gilda’s Club Westchester funded?

Private individuals, corporations, and foundations have provided enormous direct and in–kind support for the renovation, mortgage, furnishings, and program costs. To support us, please visit our Donate page.

Is Gilda’s Club just for women with ovarian cancer?

Even though Gilda Radner had ovarian cancer, Gilda’s Club is not just for women with ovarian cancer. It’s for men and women of all ages, as well as for teenagers and children. It’s for all people living with all types of cancer, and for their families and friends.

Is there any pressure to “be positive” at Gilda’s Club?

Absolutely not. Gilda’s Club is based on respect for every person’s own method of living with cancer.