Help open doors to Cancer Support in Kingston
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HELP OPEN THE DOORS TO CANCER SUPPORT IN SOUTHEASTERN ONTARIO When one thinks cancer treatment, words like “chemotherapy” and “radiation” probably come to mind. But did you know that the three most universal challenges of cancer are loss of ... More ...

HELP OPEN THE DOORS TO CANCER SUPPORT IN SOUTHEASTERN ONTARIO

When one thinks cancer treatment, words like “chemotherapy” and “radiation” probably come to mind. But did you know that the three most universal challenges of cancer are loss of hope, loss of control and unwanted aloneness? Gilda Radner, famous for her work as an original cast member on Saturday Night Live, understood firsthand what it’s like to face these difficulties. “Cancer is probably the unfunniest thing in the world, but I’m a comedienne and even cancer couldn’t stop me from seeing humour in what I went through,” she wrote in her memoir, It’s Always Something. Radner dreamed of creating a community for those living with cancer, as well as their friends and families - a place where they could engage in life-enriching activities, find inspiration and share the wisdom of experience while learning strategies for living with cancer. “There should be a thousand of them,” she said. While Radner sadly succumbed to cancer in 1989, her dream eventually came true thanks to the dedication of her husband, Gene Wilder, cancer therapist, Joanna Bull and several other friends. Today, Gilda’s Clubs across North America work toward realizing the vision that no one should have to face cancer alone, and that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Gilda’s Clubs provide education on topics like financial planning, pain and stress management and how to talk to your children; host social activities like pot lucks, birthday parties, joke fests, socials and knitting and quilting groups; organize support groups based on members’ needs; provide services that promote a healthy life style like yoga, Tia chi, meditation, nutrition sessions and cooking demonstrations; and provide resources and referrals with the help of a Professional Advisory Board, an online support group and a resource library. The Gilda’s Club in the Muskoka region receives an estimated 1,000 visits per month. Registered members can participate in all Gilda’s Club activities free of charge. Of the registered members at Gilda’s Club Muskoka, 45 per cent are family members, caregivers and friends and 55 per cent are diagnosed with cancer. Of those members, 18 per cent are under 18 years of age. Here in Kingston, the cancer clinic receives over 100,000 visits each year, meaning it is highly likely a local club would benefit as much or even more by opening the red doors so no one has to face cancer alone. Now, Gilda’s Club South Eastern Ontario (SEO) needs your help to open its doors. A total of $250,000 is needed in order to open our door with our programs which will be facilitated by trained professionals. The organization is not government funded, and so relies on donations and fundraising. Other than that, Gilda’s Club SEO is ready to go. Men, women and children in the community who are affected by cancer are eager to start using its services. Let’s work together to help bring comfort and laughter to their lives.

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Recognition letter and/or plaque
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$0-$100 Tax receipt and thank you letter

$100-$999 Tax receipt, thank you letter, name in alphabetical order on our website as a Founding donor

$1000-$5000 All of the above plus name on the founding plaque in the clubhouse as a founding donor

$5000 and over All of the above plus plaque on one of the rooms in the clubhouse for 12 months

For further information on how to donate, help or volunteer visit www.gildasclubsoutheasternontario.org
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