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Why Support Gilda’s Club?

For people learning to live with cancer, the feeling of emotional distress can be hard to bear. Maybe you have seen this with someone you care about.  Members of Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka what that feels like. Every member of Gilda's Club has felt the impact of cancer. They've also felt the power of the emotional and social support they find in the cancer support community at Gilda's Club. Here they find the information, companionship and emotional support they need to make it through their cancer journey, whatever the destination.

NOOGIELAND™ is specifically designed for children and teens ages 4-17, who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Noogieland™ is named after the “noogies” that Todd (Bill Murray) gave to Lisa (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live. Aimed at educating, supporting, and connecting families impacted by cancer in any way, the free Noogieland™ program for children and families features:

Our kids’ support groups are facilitated by licensed mental health proferssionals and provide a safe environment for kids to share their feelings. These groups are provide children with age appropriate cancer information, relaxation and coping skills, and allow them to build support and social connections through creative art and play.
Support Groups include:

Kid SupportTM – designed to provide education, creative expression, relaxation techniques, healthy communication and socialization for children who have a diagnosis of cancer or who have a loved one living with cancer.
• Kids Grieve Too – designated group for children who have had a family member or friend die from cancer, this group focuses on helping children remember and celebrate those who have died as well as providing them with tools to understand and process difficult emotions as they move forward.
• Teens Connect – this group gives teens (ages 13-17) who have a family member or friend living with cancer or have had someone die from cancer a space to connect with others who “get it”, while bonding over food, creative activities and fun ice-breakers!

Offered as a day camp in the summers and March Breaks, Kids Kamp provides fun themes, specialized workshops and lots of laughter for children and youth who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Kids Kamps are absolutely FREE, but registration is required. For more information on the summer 2019 Kamp schedule, click here.

Somewhere for the whole family to get together! Whether it is a parent, sibling, grandparent or other relative impacted by cancer, we are inviting everyone to be a part of these fun filled days. Please be sure to RSVP in advance so that we are prepared for everyone!