SOURCE: Gilda's Club Worlwide

May 31, 2006 17:32 ET

Two Legendary Cancer Foundations Support Gilda's Club and the Education of Its Professionals

The Lance Armstrong Foundation and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Each Contributed $25,000 to Gilda's Club Affiliates Conference

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2006 -- The Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation each awarded $25,000 in funding to support Gilda's Club and the education of its professionals providing emotional and social support for all living with cancer. The funds were designated for the recent Gilda's Club Affiliates Conference in Dallas, hosted by Gilda's Club North Texas. Attendees included board members, staff, sponsors, prospective affiliates and volunteers representing 20 clubhouses across the U.S. and Canada.

"Thanks to these generous benefactors, the conference featured outstanding speakers on issues such as multicultural healthcare, program development, community-based cancer collaborations, and strategic planning," said Laura Wheat, board chair, Gilda's Club Worldwide.

"It's obvious to me that Gilda's Club has taken some huge strides forward over the past few years," said Mitch Stoller, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and conference keynote speaker. "Whether opening clubhouses across North America, providing support groups for those living with cancer and their families, or reminding kids how important it is to giggle in Noogieland, Gilda's Club has shown us a place full of love and laughter."

Gilda's Club Worldwide presented the Pathfinder Award, its highest level of recognition, to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for outstanding contributions to the Gilda's Club mission and philosophy. Since 2001 Komen headquarters and chapters have committed more than $775,000 to Gilda's Club at headquarters and affiliate levels.

"Through its affiliates, the Komen Foundation identifies needs in the community and funds programs that fill those needs in unique and real ways," said keynote speaker Diana Rowden, international director, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. "Gilda's Club is such a program; it is based in the community and provides vital services to people who have been touched by cancer."

Created in memory of comedian Gilda Radner by her husband Gene Wilder and her cancer psychotherapist Joanna Bull, the first Gilda's Club opened in New York City in 1995. Its mission is to provide a nonresidential, home-like meeting place, where people with cancer, their families and friends can join with others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care -- free of charge. There are 20 clubhouses across the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.gildasclub.org

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