Who We Are
A free support community for anyone touched by cancer
Gilda’s Club is named for comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. While in treatment in the mid-‘80s, Gilda visited a cancer support community in Los Angeles where she found others going through similar experiences to hers. She drew strength and comfort from the support the group provided, and it became her dream that similar communities be available everywhere, so no one had to face cancer alone. The first Gilda's Club opened in New York in 1995 and Gilda's Club Greater Toronto opened its signature red doors in 2001, in the city where Gilda got her start in show business.
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto originally was located in the historic Old Firehall on Lombard Street. In 2011, Gilda’s Club GT moved to Cecil Street, closer to the hospital corridor on University Avenue, including Princess Margaret (Cancer Centre), Mount Sinai, Sick Kids and Toronto General. The current clubhouse provides a warm and welcoming environment complete with spacious community rooms, comfortable wellness rooms, a resource centre, a teen room and “Noogieland” – a fun and cheerful play space for children.
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto offers a wide range of networking and support groups, educational and therapeutic workshops, expert speakers, recreational and social activities, all free of charge, all under one roof, all year long. Members are also free to spend some peaceful time alone in any of our cozy wellness rooms.
Donations of money, time and talent have kept Gilda's Club Greater Toronto open since 2001. Our free support program exists entirely thanks to volunteers, revenue from special events and the financial support of inviduals, foundations and corporations.
Experience the magic that is Gilda’s Club.
Because no one should face cancer alone.
Gilda's Club Greater Toronto
24 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1N2
10 minute walk to PMH, Sick Kids, Mt. Sinai - 15 minute walk to Women’s College Hospital - Excellent TTC access - Some parking