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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.


“Gilda’s Club was the only place I felt I could go.  I was afraid to tell people because I could see their reaction and their fears.  I knew that by going to Gilda’s Club I would have a place where I felt safe to share my fears.  Of course once I did, I felt so much better, and that really, really helped.”  LG, member

“The course of cancer isn’t always what we hope.  I was learning that death is part of life.  While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.” – Gilda Radner

“…Even though you are being treated for cancer, your life still goes on.  You can still have life, and not only life, but a quality life.” – Gilda Radner

“When I told my friends about my work over the summer, many of them would ask what motivated me to volunteer at Gilda’s Club.  Having watched both of my grandparents fight fiercely against cancer just a few years ago, I knew that a clubhouse to support people with cancer was an ideal place for me to volunteer.” – Gilda’s Club (youth) volunteer

 “Each time I volunteered at Gilda’s Club I was greeted with enthusiasm, and felt that my small contribution mattered.  Needless to say, I quickly felt as though I had found somewhere extremely valuable to spend my time.” – James, volunteer

“Being involved with Gilda´s reminds me that the human spirit is amazing. You can hear laughter throughout the Clubhouse at any given time.”  –  Lisa, Volunteer

“My husband was a volunteer before becoming a member. It wasn’t until then I truly realized what a wonderful, caring place this is.” – Gilda’s Club member

“The first time I came through the red door, I had a feeling of relief and kindness.  Knowing that I could come through the red door to forget all the stuff on the other side; and have whatever kind of day I was having to cry and have fun. These became my ‘aha moments’.  I love it here!” – Valerie, volunteer

“I thought I had nothing to contribute to anyone – until I found Gilda’s Club” – Gilda’s Club Volunteer

“Your journey with cancer is a heavy burden. Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka will lighten that load with support and laughter . Gilda’s Club got me through the hard times of my cancer. The staff and the members are all angels there to help you. I highly recommend any one dealing with cancer, yourself or a loved one to go to Gilda’s (Club). It is the good side of having cancer.” – Joe