Review: Gilda’s ClubCancer Support, Cancer Websites — By nygal on August 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm
The Gilda’s Club mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends.
Their innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.
The Gilda’s Club philosophy of providing an emotional and social support community as an essential complement to medical treatment when cancer is in the family enables the organization to serve as a beacon for the provision of health care services in the 21st Century.
Joanna Bull, M.A., M.F.C.C., is the co-founder (along with Gene Wilder amd Joel Siegel) of Gilda’s Club and is an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of Gilda’s Club Worldwide. Gilda’s Club is named for Gilda Radner, with whom Ms. Bull worked as a cancer psychotherapist during the comedian’s illness.
Throughout her career, Ms. Bull has worked to establish free cancer support communities – first at the pioneering Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles – later at The Wellness Community in Santa Monica and Redondo Beach, California, and finally at Gilda’s Club. In addition to participating in the development and administration of such communities, she has trained and supervised therapists extensively in the concept, and has worked with hundreds of people who have cancer, as well as their family members, on psychosocial issues related to cancer.
It is the vision of Gilda’s Club Worldwide to become the international leader for strengthening the global awareness of this philosophy, and to advance an understanding of the essential bond that emotional and social support brings to the cancer experience, not only for those living with cancer, but also for the families and friends who surround them.
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