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Our Mission

To Support, Educate, and Empower Cancer Patients and Their Families

Our free comprehensive cancer program includes support groups, educational lectures and workshops for everyone  impacted by cancer – men, women, teens, and children.

In 2005, the City of New York renamed West Houston Street, between Varick Street and 6th Avenue, “Gilda Radner Way” streetnaminggroup

Our History

Gilda’s Club New York City (GCNYC) was founded in memory of the talented Saturday Night Live comedian, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Founded by Gene Wilder (Radner’s then husband), psychotherapist Joanna Bull, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Siegel, and other generous individuals, GCNYC opened its iconic Red Door in 1995 to provide a place where cancer patients and their families could find support, resources, and a community that cares. After a cancer diagnosis, the medical community will assess and plan a course of treatment – but cancer affects more than just the body. It can affect the well-being of the cancer patient as well as those around them.

In 2000, the success of Gilda’s Club NYC gave birth to Gilda’s Club Worldwide, an organization dedicated to developing a national network of clubhouses. In 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community to form the Cancer Support Community (CSC), which is now the largest cancer support network in the country.

About Gilda’s Club

Now in our 21st year, we reach more than 20,000 people annually through our Clubhouse and offisite hospital partners, and outreach through our website, health fairs, schools, corporate presentations, and inquiry calls.  A cancer diagnosis can be an extremely isolating experience which triggers many emotions including fear, anger, depression and an overwhelming sense of helplessness.  Men, women, teens, and children attend free support groups, educational lectures and workshops at the West Village clubhouse or at hospital and community partners in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

At Gilda’s Club NYC, we believe no one should face cancer alone.