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 is 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 Gilda’s Club just for women?
No, it 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.
What does your Program consist of?
Cooking and nutrition classes, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body and movement classes, educational lectures, support groups, expressive arts workshops and more, all provided free of charge.
Is there any charge for membership?
No. Membership is free, and everything is provided at no cost to Gilda’s Club members.
How can you 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 a New Member Meeting (NMM) to start the free membership process. New Member Meetings are typically offered twice per week with both daytime and evening options.
Is Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee supported by the medical community?
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.
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 are a multi-year survivor – it is always the right time to become involved at Gilda’s Club.
I have children, what does Gilda’s Club offer for them?
Children and teens love to come to Gilda’s Club! We support children and adolescents who are 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, including our Kid Support summer camp. 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 is much more than just 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 a New Member Meeting you simply sign up for whatever suits your interest, 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.