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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.

Remembering Gene Wilder

It is with great sadness to learn about the passing of co-founder and honorary board member of the Cancer Support Community Gene Wilder, who died from complications of Alzheimer’s.

Gene was instrumental in the founding of Gilda’s Club in 1991, which was named in honor of his late wife, comedienne Gilda Radner.  With the support of Gilda’s pyschotherapist, Joanna Bull, and actor Joel Siegel, they created a FREE cancer support community, to thousands of men, women, teens and children living with the impact of cancer in their lives.

“Gene was a great friend and supporter to Gilda’s Club. His support was monumental during the founding of Gilda’s Club, and he remained a strong advocate for the vital programs and shared mission of our two legacy organizations,” said Joanna Bull, Founder of Gilda’s Club Worldwide. “Gene had promised Gilda that no one should face cancer alone, a vow that moved Gilda’s Club forward as he served as its celebrity spokesperson. That promise continued for many years and was supported in every way by his widow, Karen. The Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club are grateful, and we are diminished by the ending of Gene’s wonderful life.”

From all of us here at Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka we send our sincere condolences to family and friends of Gene Wilder during this difficult time.

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