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Our Mission

To ensure no one has to face cancer alone…

To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

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The Cancer Support Community

Gilda’s Desert Cities is an affiliate of The Cancer Support Community, an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. As an affiliate of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States, we offer a network of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Our global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.

By helping to complete the cancer care plan Gilda’s Desert Cities continues to optimize patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, education and healthy lifestyle programs.

Gilda’s Desert Cities provides the highest quality emotional and social support for the Coachella Valley of Eastern Riverside County with program locations in Palm Desert, Sun City and Indio.

Who is Gilda?

Gilda’s Club, named for comedienne Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, was created because of her wish that no one face cancer alone. Gilda Radner was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986. After her death in 1989, co-founders Joanna Bull and Gene Wilder began the process to launch the first Gilda’s Club in New York City.

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Meet the Founders

In 1999, Judy Wolfe, Phyllis Greene, Paula Berke and Estelle Cooper, were personally touched by cancer. Each had a family member or friend diagnosed with cancer and experienced first-hand how difficult it was to find social and emotional support for themselves and their family, as well as making sense of the various treatment options available.

Together, they became the dynamic co-founders of Gilda’s Club Desert Cities. As professional women who had worked in social services and education, they knew the value of a support community at a time when patients and their families feel so terribly vulnerable and confused. Gilda’s is a place to go for answers, encouragement and emotional support, where others understand and can help with the daily challenges that only those living with cancer can comprehend.

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