Executive Director Desk
Let's Deliver on Our Promise to the Twin Cities
I am so excited to be a part of Gilda's Club
Twin Cities (GCTC) as our momentum is about to blow the doors wide open. I hope you can feel the energy too. The
GCTC board and I invite you to Join Us Right Now as we kick off our 2010 capital campaign.
Over the years, many of you have been a crucial
part of this organization through your ongoing support of money and time. By
the end of 2010, we WILL announce the clubhouse opening date and location. We will deliver on our promise to
open the only dedicated cancer support facility in the Twin Cities.
As I write this article there are over 10,000
men, women, teens and children waiting for our help. Last week I answered a
call from a 39-year old husband and father just diagnosed with terminal cancer
and he wanted our help supporting his wife and four children. While I was able
to refer him to our volunteer social worker for guidance, I knew there was so
much more we could do for that family if our doors were open and our program
was up and running.
In order to bring the healing power of
emotional and psychological cancer support to our community, I am asking you to
get involved or increase your level of involvement. It is going to take a
village, actually the "Twin Cities," to make this happen.
This is what YOU can do RIGHT NOW to help us open our doors and serve
our community: (Read More)
Welcome New Medical Resource Council Member
Bibi S. Khoyratty M.D., Minnesota Oncology, Specialty:
Medical Oncology, Hematology, and
Gilda's Club Twin Cities is
pleased to welcome Dr. Khoyratty as a member of our MRC. She has long been a
strong believer in the importance of social and emotional support as a
complement to medical care for those touched by cancer, their families and
"I am excited
to be associated with the newly merged organization of Gilda's Club and the
Wellness Community and look forward to helping open this affiliate clubhouse in
the Twin Cities."
Dr. Khoyratty went on to
say, "I think it is important for individuals and their families who go
through the cancer journey from diagnosis, treatment, and then reintegration
into their lives to have access to a resource outside the clinic and hospital environment."
"At Gilda's Club they will
find networking, support groups, workshops, education and social activities for
the whole family all provided in a home-like atmosphere at no cost. Our
community needs this kind of resource as an adjunct to the expert medical care
available in Minnesota."
You can reach Dr. Khoyratty
| A Great
Fundraising Success Story
Cut-a-Thon at Accolades at Intelligent Nutrients Salon & Spa was a huge
success. We would like to thank our hosts--Brad Schlaeger, Jessica McKenzie,
Johnny Zygomatic and the stylists who gave up their day off for this event. A
special thanks to our Gilda's Club volunteers who received many compliments
from the guests and salon staff regarding their professionalism, passion and
commitment to establishing a Gilda's Club in the Twin Cities.This is the
spirit that will open our doors.
was this fundraiser a financial success it was great fun for everyone involved. "The
Gilda's Club volunteers were awesome, they handled all of the guests,
welcomed them as they arrived, answered all of their questions and talked to
them about the event" said Jessica McKenzie, Accolades at
Intelligent Nutrients manager. "We figured 80% of our guests were new to the salon so it
was wonderful to have them so warmly greeted."
turnout for the event was higher than expected, keeping the stylists busy from
11 to 6:30. All of the $1,300 in proceeds was donated to Gilda's Club.
Everyone had such a good time and it was so successful the salon has offered
to do another Cut-a-Thon event.
word. You too can hold a 3rd party fundraising event at your home,
organization, or business. Every dollar raised brings us that much closer to
making Gilda's Club Twin Cities a brick and mortar reality.
Visit the Photo Gallery at the end of this GildaGram to share in the fun at Accolades.
Save the Dates
Gilda's Club Twin
All Hands Meeting
Date: Monday, May 17, 2010
6:30 pm -
Hosted by United Properties
Learning Center on the 2nd floor
Monday, July 26, 2010
Roseannadanna Golf Benefit
Cancer Center at Park Nicollet
A cancer diagnosis can bring uncertainty and stress
not only to patients, but also to families and friends. Frauenshuh Cancer
Center sponsors a variety of support and educational programs to help guide you
and your and loved ones through difficult times.
Classes and Groups
Cancer Support and Education Programs
All groups are free and ongoing; no registration is
required. However, registration is required for all classes.To register, or for
more information, call 952-993-5700.
Additional details about specific classes and groups,
including times and locations, are available online at:
Park Nicollet Cancer Support
Grief Services A Community Outreach Program of Fairview
Youth Grief Services offers a
range of support and education services for grieving children and for the
adults who care for them. Children and teens benefit from being with kids their own age who have
also experienced the death of a loved one. They share the common experience of
loss as well as the changes they have had to face after a loved one dies.
As a community service of Fairview
Health Services, all services are offered free of charge.
Fairview Ridges Hospital 201 East Nicollet Blvd Burnsville MN 55337
for more information click here
Kundalini Yoga Class
open invitation from Erika Peterson, GCTC volunteer:
Anyone living with cancer, including families and
friends, can attend a FREE weekly, restorative Kundalini Yoga and Meditation
class, every Sunday. This is your opportunity to take part in a class
that will eventually become part of the calendar of activities at
Gilda's Club Twin Cities.
The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing,
2833 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis MN, 612-940-6510.
With a philosophy and program unlike any other
resource in Minnesota, Gilda's Club Twin Cities will fill an important
gap in cancer care and touch thousands of people living with cancer
Here are ways
you can help:
personal donation every
dollar given will bring us closer to opening our doors. Click here to donate