Families Impacted by a Parent’s Cancer

If you’re a parent, grandparent or primary caregiver impacted by cancer in your family, you understand first-hand how helping children navigate this experience can be extremely challenging. We get how complex it is to juggle work, parenting, social activities…and cancer. That’s why Gilda’s Club offers support for the whole family, the whole time ™. At Gilda’s Club you will get to connect meaningfully with other parents and caregivers who “get it.” We also offer age-appropriate opportunities for your kids and teens, and can share reputable resources for them to get the additional support they need.

To learn more about getting your family involved in our Children, Teen and Family program:

  1. Parents should first attend a New Member Meeting to learn more
  2. Following the New Member Meeting, we will schedule a Family Focus session

If you have additional questions or need resources or referral, you may contact our Youth and Family Coordinator Annie Stone at (952.767.7625).

Program offerings for families with cancer in the family may include activities like the following:

  • Family Social Nights – Fun events for the entire family including yoga, movie nights, ice cream socials, game nights and more.
  • Creative Expression Workshops – These classes for teens offer a wide variety of ways to find and express your voice. Professionals teach skills in creative arts such as writing, dance, music, art, filmmaking and storytelling.
  • Support Groups – To discuss family dynamics and transitions that come along with living with cancer. (Participation requires completion of a Family Focus meeting or a Customized Membership Plan.)
    • Parenting with Cancer Support
    • Metastatic Moms Support
    • Newly Diagnosed Parent Support
    • KidSupport™
  • Noogieland™ – Supervised and structured play for children (3-11) during evening adult support groups, in our awesome kid’s space.
  • Teen Service Club – For any teens interested in giving back and supporting Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. Activities may include service projects, volunteering or participating in community outreach. Who knows? You might be able to use it for school credit!

Current program offerings: