12/7/2023- After more than twenty-two years of dedicated service to the Westchester, NY area, Gilda’s Club Westchester will now reach more individuals and families impacted by cancer under the new name, Cancer Support Community Greater NY & CT at Gilda’s Club. The mission and essential work of the organization is not changing; in fact, as the new name suggests, providing cancer support to the community is at the core of CSCNYCT’s mission. CSCNYCT‘s scope has expanded beyond Westchester and Rockland Counties in NY and Fairfield County in Connecticut to include the five boroughs of NYC, Long Island, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan Counties in New York and Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield Counties in Connecticut.
According to Sarah Sedo, Executive Director of CSCNYCT, “CSCNYCT is committed to providing FREE
cancer support services to more individuals than ever before. Our programs are
available in English and Spanish, in-person and virtually. We understand the
impact that a cancer diagnosis has on someone and when you join our community,
we hope you feel the sense that you are not alone in your journey - there are
others who can relate and through that shared experience, the stress, anxiety,
and negativity associated with cancer can be lessened.”
Named for comedienne Gilda Radner, an iconic member of the first cast of Saturday Night Live who died of ovarian cancer, the first Gilda’s Club opened in NYC in 1995 with the goal of providing free cancer support services to anyone impacted by cancer – adults, teens, children, and families. The White Plains location, which was established in 2001, is now part of a network of 190 partner locations in the US and beyond that form the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community.
The mission of CSCNYCT is to uplift and strengthen people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care. Program offerings include five components, or pillars of support: emotional support (including support groups and counseling services); education (lectures, workshops, and panel discussions); healthy lifestyle classes (exercise and mind/body/spirit offerings); social and networking opportunities; and resources and referrals. Programs are designed to support cancer patients, their caregivers, their children, and families, and those who have lost someone to cancer. All services are provided free of charge, and insurance is not required. Services are provided without regard to immigration status or documentation.
To contact CSCNYCT, please call
“It is incredibly
important for Cancer Support Community Greater NY & CT at Gilda’s
Club (formerly Gilda’s Club Westchester) to collaborate with community
partners to empower cancer
patients and their families. Opportunities to join with other
cancer-focused individuals and organizations, such as those provided by
the NYCRA Powermeet virtual conferences, enable us to learn from one
another, consider new ways to advocate for those impacted
by cancer, and join forces to launch important initiatives.” - Ms. Debbie Vincent, Director of Outreach and Clinical Partnerships at Cancer Support Community Greater NY & CT @ Gilda's Club