Throughout the weekend, children, youth and families made beautiful connections with each other. Families held space for one another, sharing personal thoughts, feelings, grief, memories, wishes, and hopes tied to their cancer experiences.
I am so grateful that I received the support I needed from Gilda’s Toronto – it ultimately saved my life
As the recipient of the Lorna Rosenstein Youth Volunteer Leadership Award, I was matched with a mentor who helped me navigate my grief, Gilda’s Toronto’s own Katie Jacobs, Director of Clinical Programs. We both followed the same higher education path and even attended the same universities! In our time together, Katie talked about her 15 years
I struggled and needed to talk about what I was going through. The give and take in the group support sessions were remarkable. I got a lot more out of it than I ever anticipated from Gilda's Toronto.
I was in a “warrior” state but knew I needed more than the medical treatment and found it at Gilda’s Toronto.
We found out about Gilda’s Toronto, and they had a lot of information for me as her primary caregiver and for younger individuals, like our son. I signed up for one of their caregiver support groups. I found the psychosocial care I needed at Gilda’s Toronto, which was a relief. It was a supportive environment where
A friend suggested I seek out a support group, something I would never have considered. I’m a private person, and I pride myself on always solving my own problems.
Please join us to celebrate on June 21, 2022, at 7 p.m. EST for the premiere of the Teen Documentary Collective, a result of 10 months of collaboration, commitment and creativity between participants of the Teen Talk peer-support program at Gilda's Toronto.
Over the years, the connection has become more personal for Fiona – when her close friend received a diagnosis, Fiona called Gilda’s Toronto because she knew she would get the kind of support she needed.
"I was happy to be paired with someone who shared the same experiences" through the mentee/mentor relationship. "Amy told me things that worked for her, and I was able to try them out myself."