About Gilda’s Clubs

Almost everyone in Canada has been affected by cancer.  As many as 1 in 3 Canadians are living with a diagnosis of cancer; cancer also deeply impacts their family members and friends. Our medical system is getting better at finding cancers, and treatments are improving all the time.  But people soon realise the medical system has little room to provide  emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and others who care for them.

For many people in central and southern Ontario, the place to turn to for emotional support during a cancer journey is Gilda’s Club. The comprehensive emotional support program at Gilda’s Club is free to any men, women, teens and children living with cancer along with their family and friends. 

The program at Gilda’s Club is based on research and led by professionals. Here people find emotional support and information about living with cancer. The program also supports people in managing their own life issues, like talking about cancer to your employer, or your children. People can choose to participate in support groups, workshops, social support events, activities and celebrations.

Donations from individuals and businesses keep the program open and expanding for the thousands of people in central and southern Ontario who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Gilda’s Club does not receive any direct ongoing government  funding.

Founded in 1995 in New York City in honour of the late comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto and Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka welcome people with cancer, their family members, and friends, of all ages, into a warm and welcoming community.