Stop the name change from Gilda's Club to Cancer Support Community
  • Petitioned Kim Thiboldeaux

This petition was delivered to:

President & CEO
Kim Thiboldeaux
Manager, Communications and Events
Maria Smith

Stop the name change from Gilda's Club to Cancer Support Community

    1. Josh Bowman
    2. Petition by

      Josh Bowman

      Toronto, Canada

November 2012


Josh Bowman, from Toronto, Canada, started a petition to Cancer Support Community. His demand, to stop the name change from Gilda's Club to Cancer Support Community, won campaign with 1,610 supporters.

I spoke with one of the Executives who works for Cancer Support Community.

She has assured me that she will:

-         -Correct the inaccuracy online that suggests that individual chapters of Gilda’s Club will be mandated to change their names. Individual chapters will keep the name “Gilda’s Club” unless a decision is made at chapter level to change it. My understanding is that no more names will be changed, particularly after today

-          -Provide me with clarification as to why the Madison, WI chapter has changed their name. I will discuss this further with representatives from the Madison, WI chapter to work towards keeping Gilda in the name

-          -Keep Gilda in everything they do

She has also sent me a statement:

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) would like to thank those of you who have expressed your interest in this discussion. We are inspired by your passion and the personal stories you have shared.

We feel it is important to correct a significant error noted in the petition. At no time has it been mandated that there be a unilateral change from either Gilda’s Club or The Wellness Community to the Cancer Support Community. The statement indicating this mandate is simply untrue and does not accurately reflect the facts. At no time has it been mandated, nor is it our intention to mandate that any affiliate change its name.

The legacy of Gilda Radner will always be an important part of the past, present and future of our network. As many of you know, when Gilda was diagnosed with cancer, she went to The Wellness Community in California. She noted on page 139 of her book, It’s Always Something, “To this day I have the highest regard for the work of The Wellness Community. I wish there were a thousand more of them.” We are forever grateful that Gilda’s friends and family took up her charge and created Gilda’s Club.

The mission of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces, bringing together more than 50 years of collective experience to provide the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of over 50 licensed affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year.

Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, our network offers services free of charge to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones. As the largest, professionally-led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, we deliver a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family. In 2011, CSC delivered more than $40 million in free services to patients and families. We are proud to advance the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. So that no one faces cancer alone.

We invite you to learn more about us and our services by visiting

Kim Thiboldeaux, President & CEO
Maria Smith, Manager, Communications and Events
Stop the name change from Gilda's Club to Cancer Support Community

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gianna LaMorte AUSTIN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      If young people don't know who Gilda was...isn't it up to us to teach them? This is terrible, to name an organization after someone, and then change it because that organization has failed to connect people to their namesake.

    • John Capecci MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Losing Gilda's name loses Gilda's story and the story of Gilda's Club. The organization should continue to capitalize on this story, rather than obscure it.

    • Tina Aloisio VERNON HILLS, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Gilda was an amazing, both onscreen and during her battle with cancer. If young cancer patients don't know who she is, why isn't the organization bearing her name teaching them?!

    • Michael Herbertson LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My mom had one book she read, over and over again while she was battling cancer. It was on her bedside when she pasted in 1996. Please don't change the name! Thank you.

    • Valerie Windsor MONTREAL, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Keep the memories of the greats alive.


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