Founded in laughter, thriving in joy

Founded in 2005 by six Louisville cancer survivors, Gilda’s Club Louisville opened its red doors in 2007, becoming the first cancer support community of its kind in the area with the unique mission of uplifting and strengthening people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care.

“Living with cancer is not a choice, how you live with it is.” At Gilda’s Club, 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.

Now Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana, with locations on Grinstead Drive and 17th and W. Broadway, GCK is the largest cancer support community in the world.

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Our Mission

Our mission is not impossible.

Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana and our Cancer Support Community partners uplift and strengthen people impacted by cancer by providing support, fostering compassionate communities, and breaking down barriers to care.


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 Spatz and NBC/NBCU Photo Bank.


Karen Morrison



Ashley Arnett

Marketing Manager


Christine Long

Executive Administrator


Devon Wasser

Family Program Manager

Diane Rihn

IT Director


Dzifa Adjei

Virtual Program Specialist


Comfort Dog

Halen Gifford

Philanthropy Manager


Jennifer Webb

Director of Volunteer Engagement


Comfort Dog

Jonathon Raley

Director of Philanthropy


Keisha Combs, CSW

Program Manager


Leah V. Walton, LCSW

Program and Impact Officer


Lori Mangum

Chief Operating Officer


Maria Martha Sanchez

Certified Healthcare Interpreter™- Spanish
Hispanic Program and Outreach Specialist

Mona Schramko

Process and Data Manager

Paige Walker, LCSW

Clinical Program Director


Suzanne Goldring

Marketing & Communications Director


Sylvia Rhodes, Minister, BSSW, CCHW

Director of Gilda’s West and Health Equity


Tina Lee

Community Engagement Specialist


Tonya Cook

Chief Philanthropy Officer


Tracie Nash

Operations Manager




Dale J. Boden*
Jennifer Lang Cottingham*
Earl Dorsey*
Susan Moremen*
Sharon Receveur☨+
Lindy B. Street*



Madeline Abramson*
Wm. Tyler Beam+
Henry V. Heuser, Jr.
Lynne Meena Rapp
Judy Shapira



Annette Grisanti, Board Chair
James Darmstadt, Vice Chair
Christian Bowles, Treasurer
Kim Y. Springfield*, Secretary



J. McFerran Barr, II*
Catherine Banks*
Bradley Bringardner
Bill Brown
Stacy Cohen
Felisha Dowdy
David Dudding*
Sarah Friedman
Karen Hale*
Jarad Key
Sharon Kleinert*
Heidi Margulis*
Kelly Maxwell
Tim McGurk
Michele Oberst
Lyndon Pryor
Alan Rosenberg*
Lynn Sanders*
Mollie G. Smith*
Jerry Steinberg
Sara Stemler
Carl Thomas*
Derwin Webb
Jean West
Gerina Whethers*

*Cancer Survivor



Juhee Mian, Chair
Bradley Bringardner, Vice Chair
Jared Key, Treasurer
Chris Madden, Secretary
Catherine Banks*, Immediate Past Chair



Tarah Decker*
Kara Farris
Katy Ferry
Russell Goodwin
Ariel Hawkins
Grace Lawson
Ali Martino
Grant Meyer
Salma Meza
Whitten Montgomery
Kinsey Morrison*
Grace Pace
Lisa Petry
Will Pfeffer
Hannah Pfeffer
Lesley Reynolds
Annie Roth
Preston Schilling
Maria Tipton
Megan Ueltschy Scheps
Ryan Underwood
Colleen Wade
Charles Walker
Melissa Wight


*Cancer Survivor

Professional Advisory Board

Elizabeth Archer-Nanda, DNP, PMHCNS-BS
Clinical Director, Advanced Practice Provider
Behavioral Oncology Program
Norton Cancer Institute


Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, PhD, MSW, FAOSW
Professor in Oncology Social Work
UofL Kent School of Social Work


Renato La Rocca, MD, FACP
Cancer Medicine and Neurologic Oncology
Norton Cancer Institute, Kentucky Cancer Group


Sonia Malani, MD, FABNO
AIM Institute


John Montville, FACHE
Executive Director, Oncology Service Line
Mercy Health – Paducah


Spencer Moorman
Clinical Research Collaboration and Coordination
Norton Children’s Cancer Institute/Research Institute and
University of Louisville


Rachel O’Farrell, LCSW
Psychosocial Team Supervisor
DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology
UK Health Markey Cancer Center


John D’Orazio, MD, PhD
Pediatric Oncologist
Chief of Pediatric Hematoloty and Oncology
Kentucky Children’s Hospital


Rebecca Redman, MD
Deputy Director, Clinical Research
UofL Health Brown Cancer Center


Elizabeth Riley, MD, FACP
Deputy Director, Health Affairs
UofL Health Brown Cancer Center


Emily Schneider, RN, MSN
Oncology Nurse Navigator
Brown Cancer Center


Kimberly Williams, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker
UofL Health Brown Cancer Center