Gilda Radner once said, “Having cancer gave me membership in an elite club I would rather not belong to.” While many people can relate to this statement – whether they have been diagnosed with cancer or have someone close to them who has – there is now a club and a community in Louisville that they can be happy to join.Proud to once again receive 4 out of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.
Who Comes to Gilda’s Club?
Anyone touched by cancer — any type of cancer — newly diagnosed or survivor, adults, children, their families and friends. Cancer doesn’t discriminate — and neither do we. Come as you are!
How Much Does it Cost?
All clubhouse programs are offered at no cost to members and their guests.
Why Should I Join?
Cancer being a part of your life is not your choice. How you live your life with cancer is. At Gilda’s Club, you will find support, understanding, information and a community to positively enhance your cancer journey.
How Do I Join?
Joining is easy! Call your clubhouse at 502-583-0075 or leave us a message to schedule a Welcome 101 and guided tour. Then we’ll sit with you and design a customized plan to provide the support that best suits your needs. If you have a large family or a group, we can schedule a newcomers meeting just for you.
In 2004, after eight months of extensive research in Louisville to ensure there was no similar local organization, a dream began to take shape - a vision of a place for families and individuals touched by cancer to come learn, share, and laugh. The personal cancer experiences of several community leaders who supported each other during and after their own cancer journeys led them to ask, “What do other people do?” The answer they found: Gilda’s Club, a national organization with more than 20 affiliates operating in North America.
What followed was a three year labor of love for Gilda’s Club Louisville’s Founding Board. With the faith of National City Bank, the vision of Henry Potter and Associates, and the generosity of community, the Gilda’s Club Louisville clubhouse became a reality, as did the Gilda’s Club program housed within it. The red doors opened to the public in August, 2007.
The consistent response about the need for Gilda’s Club Louisville has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. Support from every local hospital, oncology groups, the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, the Kentucky Cancer Program, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Kentucky Cancer Institute, the University of Louisville and others has been strong and unwavering. There is clearly a gap in local cancer services that is now being filled by what Gilda’s Club Louisville has to offer.
We hope that you will visit us and join our growing Gilda’s Club Louisville community!
History of Gilda’s Club and Cancer Support Community:
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 friends.
The first Gilda’s Club, including a worldwide training center, opened its signature red door in New York City in 1995.
The relationship between the Cancer Support Community and its affiliates, including Gilda’s Clubs, is close but flexible.
- Money that is raised locally stays local.
- The Cancer Support Community hosts an annual Affiliates Conference for networking and education.