The first Gilda’s Club opened in New York City in June 1995, and three years later, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee was founded. This year, and this month specifically, marks the 20th anniversary of the Middle Tennessee chapter’s efforts to provide support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer. Sandy Obodzinski is well-suited, both professionally and personally, for the role of CEO and President of Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee. Sandy discovered a new sense of purpose when acting as caretaker for her husband, who passed away from an aggressive form of leukemia. She translated her ability to create meaning out of loss, and in addition to ballroom dancing, creative writing, hiking and earning a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, she shared her talents and understanding with Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee. Today, we celebrate their 20th anniversary — and their benevolent leader, Sandy Obodzinski!
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