On Thursday, October 25, we officially welcomed Gilda’s Club Memphis into the Cancer Support Community’s international network of hope and support for all people affected by cancer.
Our Vice President of Development and External Affairs, Ted Miller, traveled to Shelby Farms Park in Memphis for a charter signing ceremony that included a cooking class, wellness demonstrations, and a local television crew covering the event (to boot).
“We believe that patients deserve excellence—and that is why our services are led by licensed professionals and based on the best research and evidence,” Miller said. “In short, the affiliates like Gilda’s Club Memphis speak cancer and are united in the belief that cancer is a disease no one can, or should, face alone.”
In addition, staff representatives from the offices of Reps. Steve Cohen and David Kustoff as well as Sen. Lamar Alexander joined local leaders and the affiliate’s founding board of directors in marking the milestone moment.
Gilda’s Club Memphis Founder Laurel Niday has been instrumental in organizing the affiliate. In her televised interview, she said that the charter ceremony was a preview of the many free activities Gilda’s Club Memphis plans on providing for patients and their loved ones in the greater Memphis area.
“We’ll have things like health and wellness opportunities, cooking, yoga classes,” Niday said. “We’ll have social opportunities and education so that people can learn what’s going on as they walk through the journey of cancer.”
The addition of Gilda’s Club Memphis means the Cancer Support Community’s network that provides $50 million in free services is continuing to grow.