A Cancer Support Community for Kids, Teens, and Families
Our Noogieland™ program is designed specifically for children and teens ages 5-17 who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Noogieland™ is named after the "noogies" that Todd (Bill Murray) gave to Lisa (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live. Aimed at educating, supporting, and connecting families impacted by cancer in any way, the free Noogieland™ program for children and families includes:
Our free kids’ support groups are facilitated by licensed clinicians and provide a safe environment for kids to share their feelings. These groups are structured around providing age-appropriate cancer information, learning relaxation and coping skills, as well as building support and social connections through creative art and play. Support Groups include:
Families Facing Cancer - Is someone in your family currently in treatment for cancer? Join other parents, children, and teens for a four-week virtual support series in April 2022.
Kid SupportTM- A day-long offering designed to provide education, creative expression, relaxation techniques, healthy communication and socialization for children who have a diagnosis of cancer or who have a loved one living with cancer.
Grief Relief - A special group designated for children who have lost a loved one to cancer, this group focuses on helping children remember and celebrate family members, as well as providing them with tools to understand and process difficult emotions as they move forward.
Special Events and Workshops
Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee offers a variety of free kids’ workshops that enable kids to explore various avenues of expression, while building a community with other children who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Workshops include:
Family Fun Nights - These nights are devoted to helping families having fun together.
Creative Kids - These creative arts workshops encourage self-expression, while promoting socialization and providing an outlet for fun.
Kid Connect - These gatherings are held monthly and give children an opportunity to play, socialize and engage in special activities with other children who are impacted by cancer.
Traditionally offered as a day camp during the winter and summer breaks from school, Noogie Wonderland features fun themes, specialized workshops and lots of laughter for children who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. There is no fee for Noogie Wonderland and snacks are provided, but registration is required. Children ages 5-12 are invited to attend, and teens may be able to serve as Noogie Wonderland volunteers.
Just for Teens
Teen Time - Teen Time brings teens together monthly to socialize with other teens who know what it is like to have cancer or to have cancer in the family.
Been There Done That - This group meets twice a month and is specifically for teens who have or have had cancer. It provides an opportunity for them to socialize and explore what it's like to navigate the changes and challenges that come with a diagnosis and treatment.
Grief Relief - This group is designated for teens who have lost a loved one to cancer and focuses on helping them remember and celebrate family members who've been lost. Grief Relief also provides teens with tools to understand and process difficult emotions as they move forward.
For more information about Gilda's Club's programming for children and families, email Megan Ingram Forshey, Program Manager, or call 615.329.1124.