Founded in laughter, thriving in joy
“Living with cancer is not a choice, how you live with it is.” At Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana, we strive to be the support you and your loved ones need to get through a cancer diagnosis. We offer a supportive community and a variety of programming to assist you, your loved ones or any members of your circle who are struggling. We believe life is meant to be lived even when cancer is a part of it. For more information on how we can help and how you can help others, click here.
Our mission is not impossible
At Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana our mission is to ensure those impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
We are dedicated to creating a support system unlike any other.
Beloved Comedian, Immortalized Legend
Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana is named in memory of Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner. When diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986, Gilda found support with Psychotherapist Joanna Bull who believed in a correlation between emotional and physical well-being. Understanding how important the experience was to her treatment, it was Gilda’s dream to develop communities where no one would ever have to face cancer alone.
Gilda died from her cancer in 1989. In 1995, her husband, actor Gene Wilder, and Bull, along with family and friends, founded the first Gilda’s Club in New York City.
Gilda’s legacy and whimsy live on through the many Gilda’s Clubs around the nation, where members join with others to give and receive the benefits of love and laughter.
You’ll see photos of Gilda throughout our website. Courtesy of Edie Baskins, Gene Spetz and NBC/NBCU Photo Bank.
Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Volunteer Engagement
Leah V. Walton, LCSW
Mary B. Gatton, LCSW
Program Manager of Member Engagement
Mary Caroline Gray, LCSW
Youth and Families Program Manager
Marketing & Communications Director
Chief Development Officer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dale J. Boden*
Jennifer Lang Cottingham*
Lindy B. Street*
Wm. Tyler Beam*
Henry V. Heuser, Jr.
Lynne Meena Rapp
Vicky Weber, Board Chair
Kathleen Pellegrino*, Vice Chair
Teresa Riggs*, Treasurer
Mary Barrazotto, Secretary
Michelle Cason Gahm
Virginia Kelly Judd*
Mollie G. Smith*
Lori Mangum, Board Chair
Christian Bowles, Vice Chair
Jennifer Spear, Treasurer
Megan Cleveland, Secretary
Anne Kash Barkeley