Gildas Club Twin Cities Newsletter April 2010
Executive Director Desk
Over 10,000 People in The Twin Cities
Need Gilda's Club Now
Living in the Twin Cities gives you access to some of the best medical care in the country. Studies show when combining medical care with social and emotional care, individuals touched by cancer experience better
Michelle Silverman
Michelle Silverman
life-sustaining outcomes. There are over 10,000 people in Twin Cities who are waiting for our life-impacting program.

One reason I am so passionate about opening our doors is that I'm one of those 10,000 people who has needed a Gilda's Club. Five years ago, when my then-two year old nephew Noah was diagnosed with leukemia, my family really needed Gilda's Club services. We needed a place for Noah to go and meet other children just like him, for his brother and sister to process their feelings, and for my sister and brother-in-law to learn and share with other parents how to cope when your child has cancer. And for me to learn from those who know best, the professionals and others living with cancer, how to engage an army of supporters to bring food, help with housecleaning, shop for groceries, and take the older kids to sports and music lessons.

Telling our story moves people to make a difference. I know because you are reading this GildaGram you are a supporter and want to see us open our doors - thank you so much for your continued support as you are critical to the advancement of our mission.

So let's go help the other 10,000 children, teens, men and women. It is going to take a village, actually the "Twin Cities," to make this happen. Here is my monthly reminder to you:

With Gratitude,
Michelle Silverman

This is what YOU can do RIGHT NOW to help us open our doors and serve our community: (Read More)

In My Own Words - Erika Peterson

I would like to share with you a story about my friend Pam and our experience with Gilda's Club.

Two years before walking into Gilda's Club Chicago, Pam had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Throughout her illness, she and her husband saw to it that she received excellent medical care.This was critical, because Pam had a husband who loved her and a precious two year old daughter that needed her.

In addition to being friends, Pam and I worked together and lived on the
Pam & Erika 2001
Pam & Erika
same block, so it was very easy for me to help out whenever she or her family needed it. As Pam's illness progressed, our friendship deepened, and over time I felt the emotional toll that cancer exacts. In October of 2002, I hit a wall when another young friend, died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Then, I knew that I couldn't just walk out of Pam's life
or even take a break, but I also knew that if
 I were to stay connected to her and her family, I needed some help managing my own stress and grief.

(Read More)

You're Not Alone
in the Fight Against Cancer

Breakaway from Cancer aims to raise awareness
of the comprehensive array of resources available
to cancer patients - from prevention to education Breakaway logo
and support to financial assistance and survivorship.
To learn more or to get involved go to:

You can help open a Gilda's Club in the Twin Cities by TEXTING $10 to "BREAKAWAY" on your cell phone and a portion of the proceeds will go to Gilda's Club Twin Cities.
A nontaxable charge will be added to the your mobile phone bill.

Save the Dates

Gilda's Club Twin Cities
All Hands Meeting

Monday, May 17, 2010
Social time from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Meeting from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
       Hosted by United Properties
           3500 American Blvd. W
          Learning Center on the 2nd floor
          Bloomington MN 55431



Monday, July 26, 2010
Minneapolis Golf Club
Third Annual
 Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit


Links to Highlights In This Issue
Executive Director Desk
In My Own Words
You're Not Alone
Save the Dates
Come On. Get Involved
Quick Links


Sept photo bannerFrauenshuh 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

Kundalini Yoga Class

An 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.

5:00-6:00 p.m.

The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, 2833 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis MN, 612-940-6510.

Come On.
Get Involved.

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 today.

You Can Help

Make a personal donation
every dollar given will bring us closer to opening our doors. Click here to donate

and discover the list of essential and rewarding things you can do. Click here to volunteer