Reconsider changing the name of Gilda's Club

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Paula Eisenach
8 years ago
As I watched the SNL Best of Christmas shows a few nights ago I noticed Gilda and thought how sad it was that so many young people (my two sons included) will never know who she was. How she fought so valiantly with determination and humor to beat that big old C bastard within her and lost. I read her book 'It's Always Something' 26 years ago as I was battling with brain cancer. During these past 26 years I've thought of Gilda and her attitude towards life. When I fall on my ass, literally, I just pull myself up, make a funny comment and go on with my life. Keeping Gilda ALIVE is the inspiration so many people need to survive in this world. Last week I learned I'm having my 4th recurrence in 26 years. If you take the inspiration Gilda instilled in me (and others I'm sure) to survive -- I don't know what we'll do.

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Terri Simon
9 years ago
This was started because of Gilda and by, in part, her husband Gene Wilder. Why show them this disrespect? These clubs have helped people I know who were "too young". That didn't stop them from finding and being helped by the organization.

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Sylvia Davi
9 years ago
I was outraged when I heard this today! Whether someone know who Gilda was before they become involved or not is irrelevant. What's important is what she (still) has to say to those affected by cancer!!! How can they help those if they don't understand the needs of cancer patients? Gilda brings light and heart into a dark, dark world and shared her way of coping with the world. Who the hell knows who Susan G. Koman was? You find out when you get there!

This is a result of getting away from the core mission: Women's Cancers.

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Chris Ramsey
9 years ago
This organization was created to honor Gilda's talents and the personal strength she exhibited during her bout with cancer. If people don't know who she was, the organization should be educating people about her and the Club, not copping out by changing the name of the facility. If they want to update the concept for current generations, they should speak of Gilda's impact on the comedians of today - there are many, many who name her as one of their comedy heroes.

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Alisha Ragainis
9 years ago
I grew up watching Gilda on SNL and now attend the Madison Gilda's Club. What she created to support people with cancer and their families should be honored by keeping her name.

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Sarah Andrew
9 years ago
Gilda's humor and compassion should be shared with young cancer patients, not shoved away.

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Benjamin Limon
9 years ago
Let's remember this innovative, funny and hilarious comedian who was taken away from us too early by cancer. The Red Door Logo with Gilda's Roseanne Rosannadanna's caricature ("It's always something". "Nevermind".) is a welcome site for many cancer patients worldwide. I myself being a 5 year survivor. She made SNL a success!

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Mike Simpson
9 years ago
Gilda should be remembered and not forgotten.

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C D
9 years ago
Without Gilda would there be any Club for those battling cancer and their families? Maybe.. but when would it have started? Susan Kohmen's name is still linked to battling breast cancer and rightly so. Let us leave the names of these important places alone. It is only right to keep the tribute alive to the brave people the legacies belong to!

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Christi Arellano
9 years ago
Sometimes it's not personal for you unless you can put a name or a face to an issue. Gilda needs to stay!