What People Say
Our Members and friends and donors have great things to say about Gilda's Club of Greater Toronto. Here is some of what they said.
…Gilda’s Club is the missing link in the cancer care system and we are anxious to support the holistic approach being taken to help the well-being of those inflicted and touched by cancer.
- Dr. Patrick J. Gullane, MB, FRCSC, FACS, FRACS (Hon),
Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, University Health Network. Professor and
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Toronto
Thanks for all that you and all of the Gilda's staff have provided for us in 2008. We really appreciate it and feel very much part of the Gilda's family. Being part of the family has helped us greatly to cope with the challenges that we faced this past year.
...Means a lot that the kids and I can experience these things together and they can have memories of fun and exciting times with me.
A year ago my daughter wanted to die and look at her now. She’s laughing, she’s growing and looking forward to tomorrow.
Brownies? Art? Music? Swimming? Skating? School parties? No, everything is a pale second choice compared to Noogieland. (Our daughter) would go every day if given the chance.
Tuesdays (Noogieland) are the highlight of our daughter’s week. Fun? Yes. Caring and love? Spilling over. And it’s safe. Nowhere else can she talk about her cancer without fear, pity or misunderstanding.
That was the best time I have ever had in my whole life.
- E, 4 years re: Raptor’s game
I want to be with kids just like me.
- E, 4 years re: coming to Camp Sparkle
There are things that mom (who has cancer) won’t tell us because she doesn’t feel we can cope. Learning and talking about these things together has helped us all.
For me, Gilda’s Club is about living… living with cancer, even when I’m afraid of dying.
Here I am accepted for who I am, encouraged to grow and heal. The programs enable and empower me to deal with the emotional issues of cancer and to learn coping skills.
Yesterday I hit rock bottom. I felt so alone. It was great to know I had this place to go to today!
Gilda’s Club has been the one place where my whole family has been able to come together to learn how to live with cancer. Cancer didn’t just happen to me, it happened to my whole family.
I hesitated coming to Gilda’s Club – now my only regret is that I did not come sooner.
My sister had been here in Toronto for only a few years when I got diagnosed with breast cancer. The Gilda’s Club was such a life line and the shot of joy that our family needed the most, at such a critical time in my life.
You know you will be accepted no matter what you say or do or what you look like. You know it’s a place of comfort where you’re not going to be jabbed and stuck and all that stuff. It’s a place where you’re accepted basically for who you are.