Gilda Radner is best known as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live. As one of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” she created lovable characters like Rosanne Rosannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. Gilda’s astonishing career was cut short when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986. Joanna Bull, Gilda’s cancer psychotherapist, introduced her to cancer support groups. Recognizing how integral the support experience was to her treatment, Gilda’s dream was to develop a community where anyone with cancer would receive the kind of support she had found. In her best-selling book It’s Always Something, Gilda wrote about her experience living with cancer. She spoke of establishing such a support community in New York when she felt better and said, “There should be a thousand of them.”
Gilda’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed too late for effective treatment and she died in 1989. Following her death, Gilda’s husband, actor and comedian Gene Wilder, Joanna Bull and many of Gilda’s friends founded Gilda’s Club in her memory. The first Club with its signature red door opened in New York City in June 1995. Under the guidance of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, there are 20 Clubs open in North America and 7 Clubs currently in development.
Gilda’s Club Chicago is a support community for men, women and children living with cancer, and families and friends. We offer a place where members join together to give and receive support. At Gilda’s Club we believe: Our members living with cancer are the experts – and we listen and learn from them. As experts, our members offer each other support while learning how best to live with cancer.
Cancer happens to the entire family and its social network, so club membership is extended to include all who are impacted by cancer. Each member develops a Customized Membership Plan to meet their needs. All are welcome.
Contact: Gilda’s Club Chicago
537 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.464.9900 FAX: 312.464.1487
Contact: Laura Jane Hyde