We have been honored to remain uniquely positioned to serve Middle Tennessee as the area’s premier leader in expert-level psychosocial support for over 25 years.
We provide support and hope to all people impacted by cancer, including family members and friends of those diagnosed. Often referred to by our participants as their “safety net,” our team of licensed social workers is entrusted to share a wealth of knowledge and provide a personalized level of care to anyone in Middle Tennessee.
Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee uplifts and strengthens people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care.
Everyone impacted by cancer receives the support they want and need throughout their experience.
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Our Division Street Clubhouse is open to the community five days a week for snacks, naps, and support.
Our team is here for you! Ready to make sure you get the support and care you need.
Board of Directors
Community leaders who offer expertise, leverage personal and professional networks, and extend counsel to ensure we operate at peak capacity.
Comprised of passionate, determined, service-minded young professionals who are committed to furthering our mission.
Medical Resource Council
Exceptional oncology healthcare providers from throughout Middle Tennessee. These individuals support our mission both personally and professionally.
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Gilda’s Club is deeply connected to the Nashville cancer community. Here are a few of the organizations we work with.
Since the opening of our signature red door in 1998, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee has evolved from our namesake’s dream to a cancer support organization serving more than 15 Middle Tennessee counties.
Our namesake, Gilda Radner, was one of the original cast members of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Throughout her time on the show, she created a number of enduring characters, including Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner. Laughter and love were central themes of Gilda’s career and life, including in her marriage to actor and comedian Gene Wilder, the original Willy Wonka.
When Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986, she quickly realized the importance of emotional and social support. After attending The Wellness Community in Southern California, Gilda envisioned places of participation, education, hope and friendship to be made available to men, women and children with all types of cancer and their families and friends. After her death in May 1989, Gilda’s husband, Gene Wilder, and Joanna Bull (Gilda’s psychotherapist) founded the flagship Gilda’s Club in New York City.
In 2009, Gilda’s Club Worldwide and The Wellness Community merged to become Cancer Support Community (CSC). Today, we provide the highest quality social and emotional support for everyone impacted by cancer through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and a variety of online resources. While Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is an affiliate of CSC, we are a separate 501(c)3. Being an affiliate allows us to share knowledge, research, resources and ideas, but it does not mean that we share funding. Funds we raise here, stay here.
Founder Sandy Towers was enjoying a career in media and event management when her best friend, Kristy Olson, was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 26. Kristy shared with Sandy her interest in finding integrative approaches to supplement her medical care and treatments. She utilized relaxation techniques, educated herself about nutrition, and was always seeking things that would make her laugh. Even though Kristy’s cancer diagnosis was terminal, she was dedicated to living well with her cancer for as long as possible.
Following Kristy’s death, Sandy was compelled to establish Gilda’s Club Nashville – a Cancer Support Community affiliate that Kristy, and everyone who loved her, would have benefited from had it been available during Kristy’s illness. Gilda’s Club Nashville opened its signature red door in 1998 and, for more than two decades, has provided free cancer support to thousands of individuals and families impacted by cancer in Middle Tennessee. In 2017, Gilda’s Club Nashville re-branded as Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee to highlight its commitment to expanding its reach to better serve 15 Middle Tennessee counties.