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Causes: Cancer, Health, Patient & Family Support, Public Health

Mission: To Support, Educate, and Empower Cancer Patients and Their Families. Our free comprehensive cancer program includes support groups, educational lectures and healthy lifestyle workshops for everyone  impacted by cancer – men, women, teens, and children.

Results: Our annual goal is to provide free support for everyone in New York City living with cancer in their lives and to meet the growing need for our program.

Target demographics: Men, women, teens and children living with cancer in their lives. Individuals who are newly diagnosed with cancer, living with cancer, have a loved one living with cancer or have lost a loved one to cancer. We continue to focus on the underserved and underrepresented population in the clubhouse and in our satellites with a focus on Spanish bi-lingual Latinos and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGTB) community. We continue to develop programming that is sensitive to the prevalent issues these populations confront when living with a cancer diagnosis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We have approximately 6,000 members.

Geographic areas served: Metropolitan NYC area

Programs: Include: Support Groups: Support Groups allow people affected by cancer to come together and explore the social and emotional issues they are facing. Group members help each other learn to live more fully by sharing their wisdom and their own firsthand experiences with cancer. Networking Groups and Lectures: Networking Groups and Lectures help our members access valuable information about medical, legal, financial and other specific aspects of the cancer experience. Workshops, including art, cooking, journal writing, yoga, chi-gong and gentle aerobics, enhance our members’ well being and promote self-discovery. Social Events, like our Holiday Party, potluck suppers and our Brooklyn Picnic, bring members and staff together and help further their sense of community. Noogieland is a special place where children and teens who have been affected by cancer – whether through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one – can find support in a fun, facilitated play environment. Team Convene is a special, facilitated meeting where a member can reach out to their family, friends and colleagues to discuss a diagnosis or an upcoming treatment or surgery, and together create a plan to assist with the practical demands of living with cancer. A Family Focus assembles the entire family of someone living with cancer for a discussion facilitated by a GCNYC social worker. Everyone can discuss their concerns and fears, and plan for the shifts which may be necessary when living with a cancer diagnosis. All of our programs are offered to members absolutely free of charge.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Associate Board, I get to see firsthand all of the people coming together to make Gilda's Club truly special. It really is a community where members, staff, volunteers and board members who each contribute in their own way to make this a really special place.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always been impressed with the services Gilda's Club provides for everyone who is touched by cancer - free of charge. I know from my own personal experiences, that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and isolating. I fully support their efforts to provide their program to any New Yorker who needs it. I think what makes Gilda's Club unique is that it provides a community and a place where people who are living with cancer can share their collective wisdom.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former member of a bereavement group, Gilda's Club was an invaluable resource for me during a difficult time. Even after five years, several of the group members still keep in touch, and probably always will.
Now as a volunteer, it is a honor for me to give back some of what Gilda's has given me, and to provide assistance to those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one to cancer.
Gilda's Club is a giant, positive and heart-warming place in this universe.
Beth Procho

Advisor

Rating: 5

Gilda's club has shown me how generous people can be and how far we can go as a team. with the ability to offer social and emotional support we have helped thousands of people live their lives to the fullest regardless their diagnosis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Gilda's Club for four months now, teaching Yoga Dance to adults and also children who have a parent with cancer. Gilda's Club's effectiveness is evident in security that members feel in the facility, in members' appreciation for the Club, and in the commitment of Club staff. I am honored to be able to give of myself and serve Club members. Steven Kerner

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When i walk through the red doors at Gilda's Club NYC it's like I’m stepping into my home away from home. The support, people and love is felt from the moment you speak with someone or enter their environment. The work GCNYC offers to people living with cancer is vital to our community. I feel blessed to have found them=)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I facilitate New Members Meetings (orientation). Oftentimes this is the first time that people are talking about their cancer experience outside of their own network. They are unsure what to expect and a bit timid. After the meeting they seem more hopeful.

Prospective members learn about what GCNYC offers (all free of charge), interact with the attendees and get a tour of our Clubhouse.

They are relieved to know that we are here for them - whether they are the person with cancer, a family member/friend or in bereavement - all free of charge.

Donor

Rating: 5

Cancer affects the entire family and at Gilda's Club NYC, no one has to face cancer alone. Supporting this organization impacts thousands of individuals (men, women, teens and children) as they face cancer in their lives.