Gilda’s Club is a place near and dear to my heart! Gilda’s Club Nashville and The Wellness Community in Walnut Creek, California provided much need emotional support for my late husband and our family. We first became aware of such a place in August 1999 when a social worker at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek advised us of this wonderful place that might be of emotional benefit to us after my husband had received his cancer diagnosis. Thus the beginning of comforting emotional support, a safe place to talk freely with others experiencing similar fears, anxiety and stressors that often goes hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis… the diagnosis that not only touches the patient, but caregivers, family and friends.
Gilda’s Club and The Wellness Community operates under the umbrella of the Cancer Support Community www.cancer supportcommunity.org a nonprofit 501c3 organization based in Washington, DC that offers Emotional support for everyone affected by cancer... adults, children, family members and friends. Providing cancer support groups, family & friends support groups, Noogieland and Kid support to children and Teens, networking groups, informational classes and social activities….all free of charge.
In Southern Middle Tennessee we are sadly lacking in this type of emotional support and I am dreaming of this type of support for our communities. The counties we are envisioning to serve are: Coffee, Bedford, Franklin, Grundy, Moore, Lincoln, Marshall and Warren. Who do you know in these communities? Do you know of someone who would have a heart and passion to see this dream to become a reality? Do you know of someone who would like to join with us to spread the word to their communities by arranging a speaking engagement? Do you know of a corporation, business, foundation or others that this endeavor may speak to and that they would want to be a part of to benefit so many in our communities….their employees, families, perhaps? It is one thing to suffer alone emotionally as an adult, but often as an adult, people find themselves reaching out to others and asking for help during this time, but the children that struggle emotionally is just heart wrenching to me as a parent. I felt like I would do anything… drive anywhere, if it would help our children wrap their arms around this life threatening diagnosis their Father was given. I was so grateful to have known and experienced this type of support. After moving back to our hometown of Tullahoma, I sought out this help in Nashville, but that is not an option for so many as the distance can be difficult to manage….it was for my husband once we moved back home. He wasn’t able to travel 75 miles one way for a weekly support group as much as he might have wanted to join…he physically just couldn’t do it!
This is my dream and also for others in our communities. Won’t you join us? Please contact me with any questions, comments, networking connections, and fundraising ideas or to make a donation. Please note that at this time we have NOT obtained our 501c3 nonprofit status, thus you will be unable to claim any donation when filing taxes, however, IF we do obtain our nonprofit status within 2 years of your donation, you may go back and use as a tax deduction. Please consult with your tax consultant.
Thanks for your support and spread the word!
Our recent article in area newspapers http://www.tullahomanews.com/?p=29221
Call 1-844-HOPE NOW (1-844-467-3669) for more information or to schedule an appointment.