Who We Are
We’re here for you, we’re here for everyone.
Gilda’s Club Twin Cities is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and the local affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, a network of more than 54 supportive, free and welcoming “clubhouses” where everyone living with cancer can come for social, emotional and psychological support. Clubs are healing environments where individuals learn from each other with guidance from licensed professionals.
“Cancer gave me membership into an elite club I would rather not belong to.” – Gilda Radner
Gilda’s Clubs are named in memory of comedian Gilda Radner. Best known for her work on the original Saturday Night Live, Gilda died from cancer in 1989. Shortly thereafter, her family and friends opened the first Gilda’s Club in New York City to honor her wish that no one face cancer alone and to commemorate the life-changing support she received. Gilda learned how to live with cancer by connecting with others and by reducing her stress and aloneness. Gilda’s Club continues her legacy.
The Network of Cancer Support
Gilda’s Club is part of the Cancer Support Community (CSC), an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer.
Regarded as the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the U.S., CSC offers personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to millions, with support services available through a network of professionally led, community-based organizations such as Gilda’s Club.
29,000+ Minnesotans are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Three out of four people alive today will be affected by cancer, either through their own diagnoses or through those of loved ones or friends.
80% of people living with cancer have limited access to psychosocial support services because of cost, difficulty in accessing fragmented support programs, lack of awareness and limited programming offered by hospitals and cancer support centers.
A nationwide study of Gilda’s Club users resulted in an overwhelming 95% of respondents reporting that Gilda’s Club had a positive impact on their life.
• 88% felt less lonely
• 87% felt reduced stress
• 86% felt less fear
• 85% felt they could face the future more positively
• 83% felt more in control of their lives