Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Allison Yonker, Program Director for Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, which is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, including family members and friends of those diagnosed. Free of charge to everyone, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee provides a gathering place where people with cancer, as well as their families and friends, can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care. During the interview, Allison provides some of the history for the nonprofit organization, talks about their various programs and resources, shares some of the impact and feedback from families and individuals supported, and spotlights upcoming events and ways the community can support their efforts.
Misson: Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee mission is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
Why: 3 out of 4 families are impacted by cancer
Who we serve : Adults, teens, and children with cancer (current diagnosis or post-treatment and people who have a family member with cancer or are grieving a loss due to cancer)
How we serve: All free of charge- support groups, education, healthy living workshops, social opportunities, resource referrals
How to get involved: The community can play a part in our efforts in several ways. Because we don’t receive government funding, we depend on donors, partners, fundraisers, and volunteers like you – without whom we couldn’t deliver our free cancer support program.