Frequently Asked Questions

1What is Gilda’s Club?
Gilda’s Club is a nonprofit network of affiliates where men, women, children, and teens affected by cancer, as well as their friends and families, meet to learn, and find support. 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.
2When was Gilda’s Club founded?
Gilda’s Club was founded in 1991 by Joanna Bull, Gilda Radner’s cancer psychotherapist, and Gilda’s husband Gene Wilder, along with film critic Joel Siegel, actor/singer Mandy Patinkin and several of Gilda’s other friends.
3When 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, with a network of nearly 50 local affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and online. Gilda’s Club Westchester remains an independent organization with the ability to share best practices with other Gilda’s Clubs and Cancer Support Community organizations around the world. To find a community-based center in your area, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org
4Who needs Gilda’s Club Westchester?
Anyone touched by any type of cancer, - women, men, children, teens, and their families and friends are welcome at Gilda’s Club Westchester. We also provide support to anyone who has experienced a cancer-related loss. Gilda’s Club Westchester offers information, friendship, support and community in a warm, home-like environment.
5What happens at Gilda’s Club Westchester?
At Gilda’s Club Westchester, you’ll find a community of free support which includes counseling, support groups, educational events and series, healthy lifestyle and social activities, along with children and teens programming, in a warm, home like setting. Our beautiful setting includes a library for reading and relaxing; support group rooms for group or counseling sessions facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, an art room for projects and workshops; Noogieland - a meeting room especially for kids, and a large Community Meeting Room for meditation, nutrition, stress reduction, exercise programs, social events and lectures and workshops. Stay tuned for updates on the creation of our exciting and innovative new Teen Center which is anticipated to be opened in 2020.
6Is there a charge for membership to Gilda’s Club Westchester?
No. Everything is absolutely free of charge. Gilda’s Club Westchester relies entirely on donations, fundraising and grants to fund all of our free programs.
7How do I get started at Gilda’s Club Westchester? Do I need a medical referral?
To get started simply call us at (914) 644-8844 to schedule a meeting with one of our Social Workers. Here you will learn about all of the programs and services that are available that meet your specific needs. Whether you learned about Gilda’s Club through a doctor, a friend or the media, just come as you are and join us! You do not need a referral.
8Is 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 and Program Task Force for more information. Gilda’s Club Westchester is proud to partner with a number of Hospitals and Medical Groups. Please see our clinical partnerships page for more information.
9How 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, please contact us at 914.644.8844.
10How 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. All proceeds benefit Gilda’s Club Westchester.
11Is 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 or those who have experienced a cancer-related loss.
12Is there any pressure to “be positive” at Gilda’s Club?
Absolutely not. Gilda’s Club is based on respect for each person’s individual experience. Cancer can trigger a range of emotions, such as anger, sadness, frustration or worry. At Gilda’s Club you are welcome to come as you are.
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