Friday, October 8, 2010
Gilda’s Club North Texas becomes Cancer Support Community North Texas
The organization was inspired by the late comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame.
DALLAS The national headquarters of Gilda’s Club, an organization inspired by the late comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, and the Wellness Community (a West Coast program providing similar services) have merged to become one combined community – Cancer Support Community. Cancer Support Community is now the largest professionally led network of free cancer education and support worldwide and is better equipped to meet the evolving needs of individuals living with cancer, their families and friends, through innovative and comprehensive support services.
Gilda’s Club was founded by Gilda Radner’s cancer psychotherapist Joanna Bull, together with Radner’s husband and actor Gene Wilder, with assistance from the late film critic Joel Siegel, actor/singer Mandy Patinkin, and several of Radner’s other friends. The first Gilda's Club opened its signature red door in New York City in 1995.
“As we begin this exciting transition, we want to assure our members that the heart of Gilda’s Club North Texas will never change,” said Kelly Counts, executive director, Cancer Support Community North Texas. “Our commitment to our family of members, generous donors and incredible community partners is stronger that ever. Together under our new banner, we will continue to ensure that anyone impacted by cancer can be empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Cancer Support Community North Texas will continue to provide these crucial services.”
The original North Texas club house, opened in 2002, is located at One Works of Grace Plaza, 2710 Oak Lawn in Dallas, and currently serves 2,760 members: men, women and children living with cancer, their families, and friends. In May 2010, a satellite campus of Cancer Support Community North Texas opened in Collin County at Texas Health Allen. Cancer Support Community is for anyone who has been touched by cancer. The organization offers support groups, networking, lectures, workshops, and social events as well as structured programs for children and teens in a warm, welcoming and home-like setting. This provides the opportunity for individuals to interact with others touched by cancer and build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care.
For more information about Cancer Support Community North Texas, visit the website or call 214-219-8877.
Source: Cancer Support Community North Texas