The mission of Gilda's Club is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge,
strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
The Institute of Medicine's report "Cancer Care for the Whole Patient" stated, "The failure to address the very real psychosocial health needs of patients and their caregivers is a failure to effectively treat that patient's cancer, plain and simple." Gilda's Club South Florida addresses these psychosocial needs through our Comprehensive Program Components: Support Services, Noogieland, Education, Healthy Lifestyle, Social Connections, and Resources & Referrals.
Support Services provide ongoing shared exploration of emotional and social issues related to living with cancer:
- Support Groups
- Friends & Family Groups
- Men's Club
"This group is not just about support, it's about hope." - Gilda's Club Member
Noogieland is both a concept and a place where children and teens touched by cancer can express their emotions through art and play.
"You guys have put the other half of my heart back together.
If you had not helped me, I would have stayed very sad." - Noogieland™ Member
Education programs provide opportunities to learn new information and techniques to learn how to live with cancer.
"There are times when I feel like I'm too tired to go to a lecture, but once I'm there I know I made the right choice. I usually pick up some useful information or advice... and it always makes me feel better." - Gilda's Club Member
Healthy Lifestyle workshops reduce stress, improve health maintenance, and promote creative expression. Watercolors, yoga, nutrition, and journal writing are just a few of the workshops offered.
Social Connections help to build a sense of community and belonging among Gilda's Club members. These events include the annual Holiday Party, Spring Fling, and Noogiefest as well as wekkly Mah Jongg games and Zumba classes.
Resources & Referrals
Resources & Referrals offered to our members inculde a resource library, computer access, and referrals to resources in the broader community when needed.