What is Gilda’s Club?

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer, including the family members and friends of those diagnosed. Our programming includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information. Everything offered is evidence-based and provided free of charge. Offering approximately 60 professionally-led support and networking groups, and over 50 educational workshops and lectures every month, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is able to make a tangible difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer. We build community, so no one has to face cancer alone.

Is there a charge for membership in Gilda’s Club?

No. Membership is free, and everything is provided at no cost to Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee members.

Is Gilda’s Club just for women?

No. Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is a place for men, women and children with all types and stages of cancer, and their families and friends, to meet and learn from one another by sharing their collective wisdom.

How can I join Gilda’s Club? Do you have to be referred by a medical facility?

You do not need a doctor’s referral, although many local physicians and healthcare professionals recommend Gilda’s Club to their patients and family members. Simply call (615-329-1124) or fill out our New Member Form here to reserve a space at an Information Session to start the free membership process. Information Sessions are typically offered twice a week with both daytime and evening options.

What does the Gilda’s Club program consist of?

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee offers individual counseling, support groups, cooking and nutrition classes, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body and movement classes, expressive arts workshops, educational lectures and more – all free of charge, thanks to the support of our wonderful sponsors, donors, and volunteers.

Is Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee supported by the medical community?

Yes. Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is supported by a distinguished medical resource council comprised of oncologists, family physicians, nurses and therapists from leading medical centers, physician practices, and hospitals in the Middle Tennessee area, including Tennessee Oncology, Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Baptist Hospital, Sarah Cannon/Centennial, St. Thomas Health Services, and others.

I have children, what does Gilda’s Club offer for them?

Children and teens love to come to Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee! We support any child or adolescent who has been impacted by cancer – whether they have been diagnosed, are experiencing a family member’s diagnosis, or grieving the death of a loved one. We offer supervised play and therapeutic activities for children ages 5 and older. We also have special groups for teens, and offer family activities throughout the year.

I’m not a “support group person,” is Gilda’s Club right for me?

Gilda’s Club offers much more than support groups. We also offer healthy lifestyle workshops, cooking and nutrition classes, mind-body and movement classes, expressive arts workshops, educational lectures and social events. After attending an Information Session, you simply sign up for whatever suits your interests, availability and energy. When you meet with a clinical program staff member, we may make some suggestions, but you get to control how involved you’d like to be in the Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee community.

Where is Gilda’s Club located?

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee has two locations. Our main clubhouse is located at 1707 Division Street (between 17th & 18th Ave S.) in Nashville. We also have a location on the second floor of the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center at 4588 Carothers Parkway in Franklin.

Is Gilda’s Club only open to people currently in cancer treatment?

Gilda’s Club is for everyone, including family members and friends, impacted by any type of cancer, at any time. Whether you or your loved one are newly diagnosed, finishing treatment, post treatment, living chronically with cancer, experiencing a recurrence, grieving a loss, or a multi-year survivor – it is always the right time to become involved at Gilda’s Club.

How do I know my donation to Gilda’s Club will have an impact?

At Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, we are committed to using our resources wisely and being as transparent as possible with our members, donors, volunteers, and the community as a whole. You can access our most recent Audited Financial Statement and IRS Form 990 here, or for financial details going further into the past, please visit our profile on GivingMatters.com here.

How can I give to Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee?

Thank you for your interest in supporting Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee. Our free cancer support program wouldn’t be possible without donors, volunteers and partners – like you. Giving to Gilda’s Club is easy! You can make a one-time or recurring monetary donation here, or visit our Ways to Give page to learn more about other options, such as planned giving, group fundraising and employee giving.

How can my business support Gilda’s Club?

Support from local businesses is critical to Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s continued growth and success – so thank you for your interest in helping us do what we do. There are a number of ways your organization can help ensure our cancer support program remains free to people living throughout Middle Tennessee: sponsor an event, create an employee giving program, provide matching gifts – just to name a few. To learn more and get involved, email Hayley Levy, our Major Gifts and Foundation Officer.