Our Story

Our Story

Gilda’s Club is named after legendary comedian Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame, who died of cancer in 1989. While in treatment in the mid-80’s, Gilda visited a cancer support community in Los Angeles where she found others going through a similar experience to hers and she drew strength and comfort from that supportive environment. It was Gilda’s hope that “such support communities” be available to anyone touched by cancer so no one would have to face cancer alone. The first Gilda’s Club opened in New York City in 1995 and Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto opened its signature red doors in 2001 in the historic Old Fire Hall on Lombard Street. This location had been home to Second City where Gilda Radner got her start in comedy. In 2011 Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto moved to 24 Cecil Street, much closer to the hospitals on University Avenue adding convenient access for patients using our services. There are now over 20 Gilda’s Clubs in North America.