An April 8 PG article “Local Gilda’s Club Leaves National Group,” addressed the club’s recent name change to Our Clubhouse as it severed ties with its parent organization. One of the founders said that despite great medical care available in the region, they started the organization in 2006 to provide local patients with desperately needed emotional support for their cancer journey.
Since 1988 and just two miles from Gilda’s, cancer patients, their families and friends have actually had access to a wide variety of free emotional support and counseling services at the Bloomfield-based Cancer Caring Center, which was founded by renowned oncologist Dr. Stanley Marks and other professionals.
They realized then that medical treatment alone was not enough to help patients navigate the impact of diagnosis and treatment. Greater Pittsburgh residents are indeed fortunate to have multiple support options when confronting cancer.
The new local entity will no doubt enjoy the autonomy that comes from charting its own destiny, just as the Cancer Caring Center has done since its founding 26 years ago. All money raised here stays here, and our independence has allowed us to create a wide variety of programs and services targeted to the unique needs of our city, including support sites in 17 neighborhoods, enabling residents to access services close to home.
Pittsburgh’s world-class oncology care can only be enhanced by the existence of organizations dedicated to helping cancer patients and families move forward during this difficult time, with a variety of programs that address their multifaceted needs, regardless of where they receive treatment.
Cancer Caring Center